Effective support tools: e-learning supplements
Interactive PDFs, e-books, and text animation are just some of the support tools that can reduce your training costs and increase your employees’ performance!
Did you know that we forget 80% of what we learn within 30 days? Retaining information acquired during training is therefore quite a challenge! One solution is to implement effective support tools.
What are these tools that optimize performance?
These are tools that make your employees’ work easier. If they have even the most basic questions, they can turn to these readily available and easily accessible supports. This means they can perform tasks without needing external assistance or prior training.
The support tools give your employees access to continuous learning. They might take the form of a reminder, helping employees to properly anchor the e-learning training concepts being taught. They could also contain new information that might not otherwise merit a formal training session.
Moreover, the tools can help prevent the cognitive overload that is sometimes linked to training. You can focus on the necessary information that absolutely needs to be in your training, while everything of secondary importance can be found in the support tools.
Effective support tools significantly reduce training costs: there’s no trainer to pay, no time lost to travel, etc. These tools should help your employees retain information over the long term, making them more productive and efficient!
What format should your support tools be?
These tools can take many forms, so let your imagination run wild! Here is a non-exhaustive list of formats:
- Interactive PDF: these convert your documents that are too long or off-putting into a visually appealing format. These PDF have the advantage of being easily accessible from all devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.). Moreover, you can incorporate audio and/or video elements.
- E-books: This format offers the same advantages as an interactive PDF, but incorporates trace data that further allows you to follow step-by-step your employees’ progress.
- Text animation: these are effects added to certain elements of your text to make it more attractive. There are several possibilities, from animated titles, to dynamic typography, colors, music, narration, etc.
- Whiteboard animation: this presents your messages in the form of story that follows a scenario, and is useful for simplifying complex concepts. In a video that you can broadcast on Youtube, a person draws live on a whiteboard with a felt-tip pen while a voiceover explains the idea presented.