Most corporations have a learning program in place to help employees first gain, and then improve, the skills necessary to accomplish their jobs. Technical training is no exception and most companies need their staff to remain at their peak performance in order to design, develop, and sell new products; improve engineering and manufacturing processes; and to effectively manage projects. But, how do you ensure that time spent in technical training is worthwhile?
Often technical training occurs at conferences of national trade associations. Despite the depth and breadth of topics presented by university students at national conferences, can your staff actually apply these learnings directly to work problems? In addition, conferences tend to be expensive, requiring travel, hotels, and meals. Attendees spend half their time doing email to address problems back home while at a conference anyway.
In essence, corporate learning and training development officers must ask how they can attain accountability in training. How can expected outcomes be measured for a training event? What are the right training events for a firm’s staff to attend? How can limited training budget and time be optimized?
One of the best options today is to use online learning platforms for technical training. Online learning has the benefit of being delivered at the right time in the right place. Transfer of new skill sets to the work environment is easy – the training is delivered to the place where the skills will be used!
Online learning does not take staff away from the office for several days at a time as do large conferences. Instead, employees can take courses in short time frames while still managing day-to-day work at the same time they are maintaining existing skills and growing new talents. Most staff recall only one or two presentations from a week-long conference. You can target and select the one or two hours of defined training in advance from an online learning portal.
In addition, online training tends to be far less expensive than attending a conference. Most courses providing one professional development hour (PDH) at Simple PDH start at just US$29.95. Compare this price to unfocused conference topics in exotic locations where attendance fees start at over $1500!
Few staff return from a conference with solid implementation plans of new skills or solutions to company problems. Even fewer employees can clearly articulate what they have learned at a conference. Most companies do not benefit across department or functional lines to learn from a single employee attending a conference. Technical knowledge becomes tacit knowledge – residing within the brain of just one individual. Clearly, this is not cost efficient for the organization.
Furthermore, managers and training professional cannot measure learning outcomes of conferences to support an employee’s development. Like all business functions, learning outcomes should be measured to determine effectiveness of the development effort.
Online learning offers an easy solution to measuring learning performance outcomes. All of our training courses at Simple PDH clearly explain the purpose and outcome of the training course before you purchase the learning module. Each course comes with a final test that characterizes key learning items for the course. Learning is measured by a passing score (typically 70% or greater) on the final test. Candidates can download or print their completion certificate and related course materials for later reference.
Courses at Simple PDH also include tip sheets, notes, and practice tests. Many courses include self-assessments to measure organizational performance overall. For example, one of our newest courses, Disruptive innovation, includes a corporate self-assessment to benchmark your performance in radical innovation against activities of those firms that are effectively introducing unique new products and business models.
Candidates that engage in online learning can immediately share their new knowledge with colleagues. Skills gained in a one or two hour online training course can be transferred to a practical application the same day! With a corporate subscription (coming soon), employees can take the same training course – at their convenience – and build a common framework of technical knowledge.
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Learning must be accountable in order for organizations to recognize the benefit of training investments. Technical training must be measurable and immediately applicable. Training today must also be cost effective and delivered under tight scheduling time frames to be value-added.
Online learning offers companies an effective way to deliver technical training in new product development, project management, and engineering leadership. Online training classes offer accountability of results matched to training and development plans. Learning is immediately applicable to solving current business problems since training is delivered on-demand, on-site, and on-time. Moreover, online training is affordable and convenient.
NPDPs and PMPs requires 60 PDHs every three (3) years, and PEMs require 45 PDHs every three (3) years. Online training is a quick, easy, and affordable way to gain practical knowledge to translate emerging practices into actionable results. Use code SPE2016 before 31 May 2016 to save 50% on Disruptive Innovation training and earn 1 PDH toward you NPDP, PMP, or PEM renewal.
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