How to use digital e-learning to develop your team’s problem-solving and innovation skills…
Did you know that after a decade of successful face-to-face creativity training, we developed a series of new creativity e-learning courses during lockdown? Our clients are reaping the benefits of working this way.
E-learning is often praised for its flexibility, cost effectiveness, and efficiency in terms of the time involved. It’s ideal for those who don’t like traditional instructor-led classes, but the great thing is that it also works just as well for people who do enjoy in-person tuition. When you combine the two it’s known as blended-learning – and it is just the solution some people need.
If you’re wondering how creativity e-learning could work in your business, we have listed seven benefits below. Which will be most useful to your business?
7 benefits of e-learning for creativity and innovation training
#1 Enable learners to rerun courses over again if required
Sometimes getting creative techniques and tools right first time isn’t easy. Not everyone will pick up what was intended in one workshop or webinar. Fortunately, creativity e-learning gives staff another chance to review information at their own pace until they grasp concepts thoroughly. And retain knowledge better over time.
At Now Go Create, we are finding that our e-learning programme is working brilliantly in conjunction with our workshops and face-to-face training to embed the skills and behaviours needed to innovate. It’s problem-solving training at its best and most flexible.
#2 Work flexibly with teams – no matter where they are based
Businesses today sometimes employ distributed teams across multiple locations. So traditional offline methods won’t suit every situation. By having a mix of online training alongside face-to-face sessions, you can help ensure that all team members feel involved and included – whatever their location. Also, if people cannot attend in-person sessions, a webinar can enable groups to develop at the same pace.
“If one person isn’t in the room, no-one is in the room”
The Interactive Design Organisation
#3 Provide more personalised training
Whether people want ‘on demand’, self-paced e-learning via their mobile device, or they prefer classroom tuition from an instructor, learners can now choose the learning style that works best for them. Get more value from your investment by giving people the creative tools they need to learn on their own terms and allow for varying interests levels and aptitudes.
#4 Reduce training delivery costs
E-learning cuts or eliminates travel time, so it can hugely reduce your training delivery costs. Your staff don’t need to spend time travelling to an external venue, plus you don’t need to pay for hiring the premises. Trainers are freed up to concentrate on what they are paid for – teaching. Plus, you can access a global audience! Your training can be sent to international staff at a fraction of what it would cost to fly them in.
#5 Make training fun
While delivering specific skills and instruction is vital for learning objectives, it can be equally important to capture attention and engage learners. This is great for building retention and ensuring all staff enjoy what they are doing. If your current training is a little flat, have a look at how e-learning can be part of your training solution.
#6 Use analytics to measure performance
Analytics allow you to compare results from e-learning with offline learning or classroom sessions. For example:
- Did staff learn faster with e-learning or offline learning?
- Is training easier to retain for e-learning or offline learning?
- Are certain functions repeated regularly in your business – and could making an e-learning course save time and money?
Answers to these questions can help you to decide if you should invest further in your e-learning program.
With changing legislation around flexible working hours, there are challenges regarding legal requirements when it comes to offsite training. Having e-learning options mean managers can track compliance (or non-compliance) easily wherever team members are located.
Think about updating how you deliver training within your organisation and see if e-learning is right for you.
Read what our clients have to say about our e-learning and online workshops in the next post.