02 February 2017

Handy checklist for breathing new life into old training content


So your training lesson is scripted, audio recorded, and text/images added to create an awesome video that’s scheduled to staff who have completed it. You never have to look at it again—or do you?

It would be nice if it worked that way but learning content is very rarely static.

In some cases, changing legal or company requirements would require you to update your training content. And no matter how good your first completed lesson is, there is always room for improvement.

Way too often, the training assets that are created for the workplace quickly become obsolete as your organisation progresses. What do you need to look out for to ensure that what you have ‘on paper’ keeps up with your business as it evolves?

Here’s a handy checklist for reviewing and revitalising training content.

New laws or legal requirements. These should be changed as soon as they are known, to ensure that the organisation exercises its duty of care to ensure all staff are aware as soon as possible.

Changing best practices. To stay nimble and on the leading edge despite that fact that the best way to complete a task can change over time, keep this information up to date ensure everyone is trained on the best way to perform any task.

Employee feedback. Talk to your staff who completed the lesson, they are the best resource for feedback. They can tell you the good and the bad of your lesson, and also if there was anything they felt was missing.

Questionnaire results. If your lesson has a Quiz or Test attached to it, looking through the results for questions that people struggle with indicates you should emphasise the content related to that question. It could also mean the question is unclear or has multiple correct answers which would cause confusion. Update these areas to improve your training material.

Workplace incidents. If there are recurring incidents or near misses in the workplace, that provides a good indication that more training is required, or more questions need to be added to ensure effective learning for that section of the lesson.

Updating pictures. This instills more trust: take fresh pictures of the workplace, work processes, equipment handling procedures and so on to help staff feel more comfortable that what they see in the lesson is what they get on site. This is easy to do with the high quality camera and video recording on most smartphones.

As long as you spend a small amount of time regularly updating your lessons, they will always be relevant and never get to the stage where you have to conduct a major time-consuming and expensive overhaul. Your workforce will then have more confidence that training can have a real impact on business performance.

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