Training programs that can deliver substantial improvements on performance are in higher demand than ever before, especially in the business setting. Training centers are constantly updating their training content to meet the overwhelming learning preferences of the digital learner. So, as a trainer, making your training experience more engaging plays a key role if you want to have an impact on your learners. However, you should be able to evaluate the engagement of your training as part of your training initiative.
Here are some ways of measuring your training engagement:
Online Training with Immediate Feedback
Synchronous online training is a form of training that takes place at a specified time at which both the trainer and the learner are online. The trainer facilitates and sets the pace of the training. Immediate feedback refers to the information the trainer passes on to the learner and vice versa during the learning process. This information is meant to improve the learner’s understanding and help the trainer to better facilitate the training. The feedback can be manual, such as asking the learner to complete a survey, or automatic, such as the learner’s completion of a module.
Online training with immediate feedback is a crucial ingredient in evaluating the engagement of your training. Annabelle Minter Brooke, a lecturer from La Trobe University, confirmed this when she said, “in my experience, regular feedback in the eLearning context has the additional benefit of fostering the students’ sense of connection to the subject and to me as the lecturer.” In other words, you can measure the level of engagement of your online training by assessing a variety of your learner’s feedback, including test assessments.
Micro-learning is an eLearning approach that involves the breaking of an entire course into short bursts that focus on a single objective. These bursts can be as short as a few minutes, meaning all the redundant content is stripped off. This learning approach incorporates videos, pictures, animations, and gamification elements to capture the learner’s attention and enhance the learning experience.
Micro-learning improves the retention rate of the learners because they can grasp new concepts, skills, and ideas better and faster than when they go through the entire course. In fact, a recent research carried out by Grovo, shows that micro-learning whose bursts are 3-7 minutes match the attention span and the working memory of the brain. Additionally, this type of learning makes the course enjoyable, meaning that the learners are more proactive and engaged. With micro-learning, you are able to evaluate the engagement of your training by assessing the retention rate of your learners.
Immersive and interactive learning
Engaged learners are active, and among the ways of engaging them is teaching in an immersive and interactive way to create rich training experiences. In their book, Improving Student Engagement, Zepke and Leach urge that to increase learners’ engagement, “teachers need to create rich educational experiences that challenge students’ ideas and stretch them as far as they can go.” Interactive videos, live broadcast, and augmented reality are just a few of the methods to improve the learner engagement, and the level of learner engagement will give you an insight into the overall success of your training.
Internet and collaborative work environments are rapidly changing the learning space design. Learning can take place either online or in classrooms. Therefore, allowing the learner to choose the most convenient time and location for the training can foster better learner engagement. In self-paced learning, the learner has freedom of choice, concerning the time and place of learning. Thus, design your lessons to have detailed content and assessment tests at the end of each lesson to evaluate the learner’s performance. These results will act as a measurement tool to your training engagement.
Remember, the more you understand the attitude of learners towards your training program, the easier it will be to create more learner-centered materials that engage them. By using these four measurement strategies, you can gauge your training engagement, and consequently, create better content that achieves your desired ROI.