It's important to ensure your employees get the training that they need in everything from mechanical and electrical tutorials to courses on safety procedures and environmental regulations. However, actually developing the courses can be both time-consuming and stressful.
Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular and inexpensive course authoring tools available and can be integrated with other software programs that convert PowerPoint presentations into flash based online training courses. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your employee training courses.
Define your objectives
Clearly defined objectives are crucial to an effective training course. Before you even start writing the actual content for the course, ask yourself what you want to accomplish with the course. For example, do you want to go over standard safety protocol, or focus solely on spill prevention and countermeasures? Decide what you want your employees to learn, and break it down into points to cover. By the same token...
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Don't load too much information in to one course
The easiest way to drive a training course's effectiveness into the ground is to cram all the information there could possibly be on a subject into a single course. You might find it all indescribably interesting, but chances are your employees may resent spending an hour of their time taking a course when the same information could be conveyed in 15 minutes.
If you've defined your objectives, it should be relatively easy to stay focused and on-topic. There is the important information and then there is the fluff. Keep the important stuff, and discard the fluff, no matter how fascinating you think it is. Let your employees get in, take the course, and get back to their jobs.
Always have a conclusion
Just like the essays you had to write in high school, a good PowerPoint course needs a conclusion that sums up the main ideas in the course. By summarizing the main points of the course, you increase the chances that your employees will retain that information, which is the whole aim of a training course.
Get the most out of your courses
If you've developed a PowerPoint training course, you can easily distribute it to your employees using a learning management system after you have converted it to flash using a flash conversion software program such as Swift Presenter. These software programs can turn your PowerPoint courses into online courses and allow you to record audio narration to synchronize with your animations to create a truly interactive course. You can also add an assessment quiz at the end to ensure your employees retained the information, among many other things.
There are several learning management systems out there, including many that are hosted so you don't have to purchase and install software and computer servers. If you're interested in one, determine the features you would need before plunking down the money for software with all the bells and whistles, when you might only need the bells.
Employee training doesn't have to be a headache. By taking the time to plan out and truly prepare your courses, you can ensure that your employees will be informed and knowledgeable in every aspect of your industry.