Now that you know the benefits of online training for the healthcare sector [presented in the previous issue], here are some tips for properly implementing it.
Make it Visual and Interactive
Include videos, gamified modules, and opportunities for learners to ask questions, as well as any other type of content that gets trainees engaged with their learning material.
For instance, don’t simply upload a bunch of documents about drugs and their proper uses and dosages. Instead, include videos that show how each drug is administered or how it was manufactured. Give ample opportunities for healthcare professional trainees to ask industry leaders questions they need to know the answer to, such as details about a complicated procedure or detailed administrative task.
Use Analytics and Survey Your Learners and Users for Feedback
If you want to know what types of learning materials your healthcare professionals engage with the most in your online platform, consult the analytics available in your online e-learning tool, where you share your learning content. You can find out if trainees like videos or assessments more, as well as how often each piece of training content is viewed. If necessary, send trainees and instructors surveys to find out more about what types of training helped them excel at their jobs in real life.
Curate Content and Promote Social Learning
There is a lot of training information already available in the healthcare industry. Don’t feel like you need to create all your training and supplemental material from scratch. Import reputable materials into your online learning tool, such as innovative and notable research, case studies, information about new medical devices, and more. Ensure your learners always have access to the most up-to-date information in the industry. Additionally, encourage your learners to post questions in forums and engage with one another regarding their own research or methods.
Find an e-Learning Management System (LMS) that Has Appropriate Integrations
When possible, find an LMS that has appropriate integrations. You’ll want to be able to integrate your LMS with your talent management system and other internal and external databases. Having the proper LMS integrations will allow you to track each learner’s progress over time as they encounter new training material and as they move around inside your organization.
After considering the many benefits of online training for healthcare professionals, it’s easy to see why learning and development professionals will want to consider it for their training programs in 2018. And don’t forget to use the tips above to successfully implement online training for your healthcare training, too.