Voices and Views: May
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The first step in designing e-learning programs is to develop a strategy, according to SHIFT eLearning.
Strategic development includes laying out training goals, delineating the instructional approach, chalking out the activities that support the learning objectives and mapping the delivery route.
SHIFT says a strategy should also include some the following:
- Target Audience: Who is your typical learner?
- Content: Where are you going to get content from and how are you going to collect it?
- Marketing Plan: How will you spread the word about your new courses?
- Evaluation parameters: How will you measure results?
For more from SHIFT’S #30DaysofeLearning, click here.
Building a network is one thing. Maintaining it is another.
A simple trick: Writing four emails per year to your network.
Long-form emails – those that include photos, videos, links and personal updates – can be effective at keeping those in your circle engaged.
But, as Jason Shen warns, this shouldn’t replace phone calls or Facetime. In-person networking and communication is just as important.
Other tips by Shen: Don’t spam people; be humble and personal; and don’t overthink your communication
Read Shen’s column in Fast Company.
So properly training upcoming leaders will help close that gap while also preserving knowledge.
“Identify, prioritize and engage potential retirees, even those who don’t have direct reports, because they still have organizational knowledge,” Streeter says. “Ideally, these near-retirement baby boomers will become mentors to high-potential employees and then transfer knowledge.”
By following Streeter’s advice, companies can keep knowledge from walking out the door with their retiring baby boomers.
For more advice from Streeter, read her interview in Smart Business.