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Getting learners to adopt your new system

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John Sherman
2017-12-05

Have you finally given in to e-learning, but want to make sure everyone is on board with the new system?

Sometimes, people don’t like change. But, in a world where everything is constantly evolving, it’s important to keep up with the latest technology. When it comes to ongoing training, everyone knows that online e-learning courses are the way forward.

From engaging educational videos to interactive courses on the go, e-learning offers it all in one exciting package. Yet, even if you’re convinced e-learning is the next biggest thing for your workplace, you’ve still got to convince employees to adopt a new system and understand why it’s so great for them.

For your company, making the switch to e-learning is easy. It’s instant and courses are made ready to use straight away. But, for your learners, everything’s got to start out slow. You’ve got to make sure everyone’s happy with the change and ease them into the new system over time.

So, how can you make sure learners engage and use the new e-learning system?

Well, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

But you can’t just leave everyone to their own devices and launch them into the deep end either. Not everyone’s as tech savvy as they’d like to be. So, you need to make sure everyone’s comfortable with the new set up.

Follow our tips to make sure your learners adopt your new system!

Introduction session

While you know the benefits of e-learning for your company, you’ve got to let your learners know why they should want to adopt the new system too.

Let’s put it this way - I’m sure everyone will be glad that those traditional classroom style training sessions are finally over!

Of course, you’ve got to let them know that online e-learning courses are actually more beneficial than other styles of learning.

Otherwise, employees will worry they aren’t getting the training or education they had before. You don’t want them to think they are getting a bad deal.

You don’t want to tell them about the cost savings for you – this will probably give them the wrong impression. It’s important to tell your learners about the advantages of e-learning that they will experience as a direct user. They want reasons why it’s beneficial to them.

So, arrange a meeting with everyone to go over the benefits of e-learning together. This way you can get everyone excited and on board with the new system.

You can tell them about the endless number of courses that are available, which are regularly updated. From courses on how to understand customer needs to managing stress, there is something for everyone in every industry.

Not to mention, there’s something to suit everyone’s way of learning. You are no longer confined to a classroom with someone speaking at you – you can interact with the courses.

Plus, you can learn at your own pace. If you’re having trouble understanding topics, you can go over them until your heart’s content.

Of course, the big advantage of e-learning that your users will love is that they can learn in their own time. Since courses can be used from any device and started at any time, your learners can choose when they use them.

This means no training sessions after working hours or having to take time away from work. Even if you’re sick, you won’t fall behind. You can even choose to learn on the bus to work!

During the introduction session, you want to emphasize that e-learning is going to make their lives that little bit easier, as well as having educational value.

Get started

Now you’ve sold the picture of how great e-learning is for your learners, it’s time to get it up and running. Just because courses can instantly be used on your LMS doesn’t mean that everyone will know how to use them straight away.

Most people will be excited to try something new, but others will be hesitant and need a bit more help. That’s why it’s important to start e-learning as a team.

You can arrange group sessions to go over the first course, just until everyone knows what’s happening and feels confident on their own. This will make sure everyone understands and feels comfortable working the new system.

You want to make the transition to the new system as easy and smooth as possible. After all, it’s your learners who will be using it. By starting as a group, if there are any problems, you can solve them together.

Aftercare and the future

Now that your learners are all familiar with how e-learning courses work and are eager to use them on a regular basis, you should let them know the plan going forward.

If you intend to use online e-learning courses as part of a new system for ongoing training, let them know how often courses should be completed and what they can expect.

It’s important to also let everyone know if they’re having problems, there will be somewhere for support.

While they can always ask other colleagues, it’s also a good idea to have someone dedicated to e-learning support. This way everyone knows who they can go to if they are having trouble.

There you have it – your new system in place and everyone on board.

By emphasizing the positive impact e-learning will have in the workplace, as well as for individual employee progression, everyone will soon love the new system and wonder why it wasn’t in place sooner!

Most people are afraid of the unknown, so if you take some time to introduce e-learning into your office, everyone will be just fine.

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