How to leverage employees to effectively develop training content

leverage employees to effectively develop training content

In the case you want to expand on what topics you offer to employees for training programs, you may want to set up an internal crowdsourcing campaign and leverage subject matter experts. 

Here are a few suggestions on how to get started:

Streamline your idea/intake process

If you want to be innovative and capture new ideas for training programs, a great place to start is with your employees. To do this, you can design an internal crowdsourcing program with a training request intake process. New platforms like Learning Design Systems enable you to create digital training request forms that capture ideas from departments and employees throughout the company. Leveraging technology enables you to collaborate on training requests and quickly approve or decline them. For example, you may decline a request because you already have content that serves that requestors needs. You can then redirect that employee to the content accordingly.

Needs Analysis

Many people have said that a training needs analysis is overkill, but we disagree. A needs analysis can quickly tell you if training is the right solution to meet the needs of the employees and the business. The Chapman Alliance Research Study states that it takes 40 to 140 hours of labor to develop 1 hour of training content and an average cost of $10,000. Without a needs analysis, it can be difficult to get all your stakeholders aligned to ensure that the training material is worth the investment before starting the training development process.

By first asking your workforce for their input on what training should be delivered, and then doing a quick needs analysis, it will be easier to get everyone to collaborate and contribute to build quality content much faster. A needs analysis can save you time and money.

Digital Collaboration

No one wants to be interviewed by a group of training developers or learning specialists. We’re all busy and in today’s digital economy, we need to do things…. digitally. So do yourself a favor and invest in collaborative software that makes the knowledge transfer and content gathering process effortless and effective.

By moving away from manual processes and leveraging technology to streamline and automate administrative tasks, you can save time and develop training content with fewer resources, enabling the company to maximize a ROI.

Integrated Deployment

With the right software, you can make your training delivery process much more effective. Platforms like a Learning Design System enable you to publish content via share links, embed codes, and also traditional learning standards like SCORM or the xAPI. And they work seamlessly with the systems you already have in place like your Learning Management System (LMS), Learning Content Management System (LCMS), Learning Record Store (LRS) and Authoring Tools.

Software solutions nowadays need to be flexible and open source to enable data transfer. For example, your Learning Management System (LMS) should be able to “speak” to your other systems and leverage industry standards like the xAPI. 

This makes it possible to design, develop and deliver content with a technology stack of your choice – saving time, costs, and providing employees with the right learning environment.

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