Taking Your Training Digital: The Hurdles & How to Jump Them

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jul 22, 2015 3:52:00 PM


Digitization and mobile technology are changing everything we know about the workplace. Not only is it considered “old-fashioned” not to adopt mobility into your corporate environment, but it’s even becoming more and more unprofitable not to. Companies gain an extra 240 hours of work each year from employees thanks to mobile working. That’s an extra 6 weeks of your workforce per year!

Not to mention, 53% of those who already work mobile say it helps them do their job better. 

So, isn’t this a trend worth embracing in your company from the get-go? Starting with your corporate training.

The traditional approaches to training are easily replaced and enhanced by the use of smartphones and tablets. Presenting your material in a modern fashion optimizes learning and retention. 


Mobile Content is:                                                                            

  • Easily searchable
  • Available anytime, anyplace.  Such wide availability allows access beyond the workday
  • Adaptable.  It’s easy to keep employees up to date with current methods and procedures
  • Varied.  Content can come from multiple sources and can include enhancing media like video, audio, feedback through tests/quizzes, and collaborative features
  • Cost effective


Potential Hurdles to Digital Training

Now, if we agree on the benefits of utilizing mobile technology then why haven’t more companies gone mobile?

According to a 2013 study by Bersin & Deloitte, only 12 percent of training resources are mobile permitted.  This means that there is a large disparity between mobile usage and mobile learning.

It seems that companies of all types are collectively avoiding mobile learning based on a fear of losing control. Your portfolio of sacred company knowledge could be shared or copied or blasted to anyone. However, this problem exists even more so in print than digital. Who’s to say a bitter former employee isn’t scanning and distributing your training handbook right now?

Companies at the forefront of digital and mobile training have discovered several methods for maintaining control.  Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection only allows access to specified users, controlled and timed access, and can disable printing or sharing capabilities. In addition, private clouds paired with comprehensive reporting allow management to see who is accessing what content anytime.


Make the Digital Transition: Bring Your Printed Training Materials Back to Life

1. Analyze Your Content

You already have training manuals, participant/reference guides, orientation packets, or facilitator notes at your disposal.  Now focus on finding quality resources and leveraging existing ones.  It is important to decide what to incorporate as well as what to exclude.

2. Organize and Remix

While you are analyzing your content, break it down into smaller components (such as by chapter, section, or topic) then you are better able to disassemble and re-aggregate material specific to your learner’s needs.

3. Determine Formats

Whether print, PDF, or eLearning course, the file format matters.  Once you have decided what material to keep and have broken it down into basic components, determine what format your material would best fit in.

4. Determine your Learners

You want to tailor the learning experience, so who are you producing for? Make sure to define your audience and cater the material and format to them.

5. Choose Delivery Modalities

How do you want to deliver your material?  When choosing, consider who you want to receive the information and how they want to use it.  Do you get to control which device the learner will use or do they provide their own device?  What is the best way for your learners to consume your material?

Making the jump to digital within your workplace can be intimidating, but your better trained, more productive and happier employees will thank you for it.

Topics: Corporate Learning

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