Learning portals are a great fit for formal training, performance support, and social learning. Their adoption to increase the effectiveness of training is finally gaining momentum. This article outlines how you can use them to step up your employee engagement.
Learning portals are repositories that have various learning resources ranging from online courses, assets for performance support, and other supporting learning aids. Most of these are designed as completely responsive portals (offering seamless accessibility to learners over desktops, laptops as well, as tablets and smartphones).
However, their power is beyond being a repository. They:
In contrast to the traditional mode of learning, they offer learning paths (with a flexibility to personalize) and encourage “learning as a continuum“.
In fact, they can provide a complete Learning and Performance Ecosystem to the learners for specific initiatives or a combination thereof.
Let’s look at two views on why it makes business sense to adopt learning portals for employee engagement:
Organizations and Learning and Development teams in particular are constantly seeking ways to improve the ROI on training spend. They are looking for approaches that encourage learner engagement and drive the acquired learning to application on the job. Once this happens, there can be a demonstrable gain for the business.
Learning portals achieve this and more.
Changing learner expectations and influx of more millennials into the global workforce is driving adoption of learning solutions that go beyond the traditional methods of training delivery.
Today’s learners want:
Learning portals match the expectations the business and the learners have and this is why it makes business sense to invest on them.
The key gains that you will see are:
The key highlights of learning portals are as follows:
How you use learning portals is limited by your imagination. They are flexible enough to be used to offer:
As you would note from this, they are a perfect fit to the 70:20:10 learning model.
We, at EI Design have crafted learning portals for diverse needs like:
Here is an example of how we have used the learning portal concept internally for our induction and onboarding.
Our learning portal features:
You can also view a video on how we have made our induction and onboarding program more engaging using the learning portal-based concept here.
I hope this article will help you adopt learning portals for various trainings and see an increase in your employee engagement. In case you need any specific assistance, do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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