3 Simple Tips to Making Good Decisions About Your ILT Materials

Published by Dan Loomis | Topics: Associations, Fulfillment, Online Publishing, Print, Training

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Even organizations like the Vatican experience transitions.When was the last time your boss walked in your office and said, “We’re not going to try anything new in this organization for the next 6 months!” Most likely your answer is “never”. The fact is, there is always some sort of transition going on throughout organizations. Sometimes those transitions are planned in advance and other times they’re not. Even well established organizations such as the Vatican can experience unexpected transitions.

The good news is when it comes to decisions about your Instructor-Led Training (ILT) materials, the majority of decisions can be well thought out and planned in advanced. The challenge usually lies in what to actually do. “Do we transition from print to online? Should we take a blended learning approach? Should eliminate print all together?“

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with those types of questions, you might find these 3 simple ideas helpful.

1. Build Awareness

When it comes to your continuing educational material, how many of you are looking at what others in your specific industry are doing? If you’re raising your hand, I’m guessing the percentage of people with their hands in the air is fairly high.

It’s important to keep a pulse on your specific industry and its best practices. Looking at other associations or organizations in your field of expertise might provide some helpful insight into how others may have tackled and solved similar issues.

Select the right partner (vendor) that knows your industry and can help provide you with some insight.

2. Be an Explorer

be an explorer

Now, if I asked if you’re looking for best practices from other organizations NOT in your industry; I’m guessing the majority of you have just lowered your hands. Seeking knowledge and

best practices from organizations NOT in your industry can be very beneficial, as well. Look for common practices or issues that you might be facing.

Example:  The amount of time it takes to change tires on an airplane, creates flight delays, and is a big expense for airlines. It’s important that tire changes are quick, efficient, and safe. Any guess who the airlines turned to help develop best practices for tire changes?

If you guessed NASCAR you were right. Sounds so simple and logical when you think about it, yet many organizations overlook the solutions that are already out there.

3. Make It About Your Learners

Organizations sometimes rush to implement the next ‘cool’ technology without carefully considering all aspects of learning. And often times organizations may feel if they don’t transition their continuing education materials from print to online they will be perceived as ‘old school’ and outdated. Without fully considering the learner, either situation could potentially be a bad decision.

It’s obvious that in some learning environments, print doesn’t offer the benefits that online content can and vice versa. The important thing is to remember is to select a delivery format that is most effective in maximizing the learning experience and content retention. Don’t succumb to the pressures of what others are doing if it isn’t right for YOUR learners.

Remember to build awareness, be an explorer, but make your final decision based on your learners!

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About Dan Loomis

When Dan Loomis took over as a Product Director, he aspired to be like his new role model… Santa Claus. “There’s no one more skilled in fulfillment than Kris Kringle,” Dan said......read more

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