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How do you find the perfect collaborative training platform for your business needs?
Our previous articles gave you an idea of the 5 limitations of traditional training. Collaborative learning can help you overcome the 3 most common mistakes in collaborative learning and the right strategies to avoid them. Now is the time to get to the point: How do you choose the right collaborative training platform?
How collaborative learning increases engagement rates to over 90%
From benefits to proven strategies, this guide has everything you need to start a successful collaborative learning program for your remote workers!
1. Choose a collaborative training platform that is flexible and adaptable
With the right collaborative training platform, you can enable people to learn new products and processes quickly. In contrast to traditional top-down learning by the L&D team, it becomes significantly easier to create training programs. This in turn makes it easier for individual departments or even entire companies to adapt to products or processes. But first you need the right platform.
When making a shortlist of potential collaborative training solution providers, consider the level of customization and adaptability available in their platform. You need a solution that makes it easy to connect learners with subject matter experts in your company, and that has the flexibility to quickly create, develop, and ship new training projects to respond to emerging learning needs.
This flexibility is an enormous competitive advantage in a constantly changing world. A learning platform that is geared towards providing quick and flexible responses to training offerings can have a profound impact on your entire company. With a responsive learning platform, you can change quickly to meet changing market dynamics or to counteract world events. In practice, this means smoother transitions for important workplace developments, such as the move to remote work.
2. Find a tool that supports a robust learning and engagement culture
Effective collaboration promotes active learning and makes it more useful for knowledge retention and deeper engagement in learning than traditional passive learning methods.
As we have seen in previous chapters, active learning increases knowledge retention. Employees have a more intense learning experience when they create and take peer-generated courses rather than watching training videos or listening to lectures. With the right collaborative training platform, employees have the opportunity to interact with the learning materials, ask questions, and suggest feedback.
This culture of commitment is also linked to a higher level of motivation for employees to learn. Employees are more motivated to take courses when they know their colleagues are counting on them. 360Learning strengthens this motivation, for example, by encouraging group members to become master learners who share their skills with others, and by improving communication and team-building skills.
The right collaborative training platform can support this solid learning and increase employee engagement by creating an atmosphere in which team members continuously work together by learning with and from each other. Employees are constantly sharing their expertise and building new skills, which leads to greater engagement in the learning process and better learning outcomes. To find the right platform, test it out and make sure it supports active learning, encourages social engagement in creating and delivering courses, and recognizes subject matter experts in your company. Together, these features help you maximize your ROI on training, increase employee engagement, share institutional knowledge, and give your teams the tools they need to grow together.
3. Be clear about your implementation schedule (and budget)
As you can imagine, choosing the right collaborative training platform can be a big decision. Not only do you need to qualify various solution providers, but you also need to set a precise budget for the transition to this new platform and set a realistic schedule that is tailored to your needs.
As we described in our eBook, it’s critical that you are crystal clear in your internal communication with your collaborative learning implementation schedule, bring the lead on board, and give your teams the opportunity to have their say. You need to bring together all of the rights teams for this implementation project, including management, finance, IT, operations, and human resources.
Week by week breakdown
Start by getting a rough idea of your implementation schedule and budget, and then give specific details from there. You need a weekly breakdown of who is doing what if you include:
- When your new collaborative training platform will be tested and when it will go live
- Who will get the chance to test your platform first?
- This is how you preserve and migrate your existing training material
- What happens to your learning goals for the month, quarter, or year?
- Who will shape your main learning paths?
- When do you offer training on your new platform?
- The metrics you track to ensure a successful implementation (e.g. courses created, percentage of people creating or contributing to courses, level of course engagement on behalf of learners)
Don’t forget to create a clear budget and compare your performance against that budget over time. The last thing you want when choosing the right collaborative training platform is a nasty surprise at the end of the month. This allows you to maximize your training ROI in a smooth and predictable way.
Are you looking for inside secrets to change attitudes towards online training and actively involve employees in the process? Download the eBook on How Collaborative Learning Raises Engagement Rates to Over 90% to learn how the collaborative approach breaks down barriers and maximizes your company’s L&D potential. Also, take the webinar to learn how collaborative learning can help you achieve over 90% course completion.
360Learning is the learning platform that combines collaborative tools with the power of an LMS. We empower L&D teams to drive culture and growth through collaborative learning.