Workforce Training and Development Best Practices

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I wrote earlier this week about management training, and how no matter your situation, this was a largely constant field. But, when it comes to workforce training and development, you’ll find yourself up against quite a problem. You see, you’re going to have to worry about specific fields, unless it’s soft skills you’re dealing with. Well, there are some constant things you can bear in mind, so this isn’t a total loss to advise on. There exist technologies that can help you, and new models of learning which make this a much easier proposition. So let’s look at how to handle workforce training and development, what resources exist to make it easier, and how to make avail of them. First, consider letting go of some of the more old hold overs from ancient academia. The classroom environment has many disdvantages. Everyone is alone in a crowd, the experience is linear, dull and nerve racking. It also costs time, and scheduling conflicts to make it work. So, considering new ideas like flipped classrooms and the like. Putting the teaching role into that is a supervisor and guide is a good way to loosen the atmosphere, and to engage the trainees more directly and effectively. But, there’s more to it than just considering new ways of handling the interaction and atmosphere. Along with this, you also need to get rid of location dependence and schedule dependence overall. Instead, consider sing something like an LMS system, which allows the creation of courses, group projects, wikis and other shared things, along with grade tracking. Many of these also integrate video, and offer group chat and group forums, which lend well to that new learning model concept I mentioned before. This also opens it up so that everyone can access learning, along with their colleagues, and do so from any device, mobile or PC. This means they can learn anywhere, and don’t have to be tied to a central location simultaneously. These LMS systems are flexible, and support app add ons which help to implement new methodologies easily, such as gamification or new ways of handling grades and so forth. But, above all else, a big boost is the availability of onboard systems like WalkMe. WalkMe is a tutorial creation system which can integrate into a webform. Following sensory input it gets from elements, browser states and user activity, it can act on logic given to it through a simple point and click system. This means that you can easily program this subclass macro to guide users through vastly complex things safely and effectively. Now, initially, this was only helpful if you were training them on technical things. But, with the flexibility of quickly-assembled HTML5, and the flexibility of WalkMe, you can build on LMS frameworks in a way to use this to train them on non-technical issues with it as well. This is the dawn of the age where the teacher is but a shepherd, and AI will do the grunt work of guiding through processes and concepts, and students are free to use their minds, not just sit and memorize facts or procedures. This is the future of workforce training and development. It is a bright future. For additional information please reffer to training and development articles.

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Jason is the former Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog