The Future of eLearning

How often do your employees tell you the mandatory training program was really fun and helpful?

Never? We thought so.

The traditional training model usually involves cramming as much information into as little time as possible. This model is based on the idea that time is money, and any time spent training is time that isn’t being spent generating profits.

We’re finding the opposite is true, where the return on training far outweighs the cost…so long as that training is effective.

The problem with the current training model is that the human brain is only capable of absorbing bite-size pieces of information at a time. When presented with an overload of information, the brain simply cannot retain it all.

Think about the last time you took a traditional eLearning course — how much do you remember? Probably not much, if anything at all. So what good is the training if you don’t hold onto the knowledge long enough to use it?

Enter OttoLearn adaptive microlearning: small bites of information fed to the user in regular intervals until they master it — once they prove they’ve retained knowledge on a topic, they’re done with it. It’s that simple.

Whether you’re in food service, finance or anything in between, training is never the most enjoyable part of the job. Corporations have the best intentions when they put a lot of time, money and effort into creating an eLearning program they think covers all the bases. The truth is, it will never be very effective.

Why is that? Here’s what we know. Traditional eLearning programs are made from the corporation’s point of view and don’t account for all of the barriers an employee must overcome to learn and retain their knowledge.

OttoLearn is built for the learner. We’ve addressed the learning barriers most often experienced in traditional corporate eLearning programs and came up with a practical solution that helps employees effectively and efficiently learn pertinent information. All you need to do is tell Otto what employees need to know, when and how deeply they need to know it, and Otto takes care of the rest.

The Future of eLearning by Dan Belhassen was first published on the blog.