Online training programmes for your team members : horticultural and landscape businesses.
A growing number of employers are turning to online team training for a hands-on, interactive way for team members to learn. More economical in both time and money than conventional training, this form of training has become more and more popular as Internet technology has improved and Web access has become near ubiquitous.
Falling under the umbrella of E-learning, online team member training is also known as web-based training. At least one-third of learning content made available is in the form of E-learning.
Web-based training has several advantages. Online training allows team members to learn at their own pace and at a time that’s convenient for them. In other words, they are good for self-directed training and refresher training.
And, no matter which shift a team member works, training is always available anywhere there is an internet connection, which makes these programs effective for training across multiple locations.
Because all the team members will use the same program, training materials are standardized. The materials are also easy to update.
Online team member training also makes tracking results easier. In other words, an employer is better able to see who has completed training and review their scores.
What to Look for in Online Training
Is it easy to use?
Does it have built-in interactivity?
Does the content keep team members engaged in the training?
Do materials cover all the pertinent regulations and do they align with your organization’s goals?
Is the information up to date?
Are relevant illustrations to the subject and industry included?
Do quizzes adequately guage team members’ knowledge of the subject?
Does the program track team members’ progress, test scores, and completion rates?
Are your in-house computers able to meet all the system requirements to receive the full benefits of the online multi-media component?
Is your company’s bandwidth sufficient for multiple team members to take online training.
Some popular types of course are :
Sexual Harassment Training for team members and managers
Ethics Training for team members and managers
Family and Medical Leave Training
Customer Service Skills Training
Learning does not happen in isolation. In fact cognitive learning happens at all times, especially in social, interactive environments.
We understand the need for a social online learning experience.
An Ecology of Learning
Good education comes from an environment that nurtures interaction. Where managers can nurture a community and team members can learn through multi-layered networking and interactivity.
Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but rather within an interconnected social network. team members browse training programmes in a non-linear order and are able to discuss issues, ideas, suggest and share their experiences with each other. The conversation can take place within a traditional online course or through group discussions and personal messages. Managers can intervene to direct, enrich or moderate a discussion as needed.
While most online courses offer a one to many approach, our educational system supports both one to many and one to one mentoring. Each team member has specific learning objectives and style. Some might require a special approach, personal coaching or even their own custom private course, created for their own specific learning objectives.
Interactive Learning in a Knowledge Economy
Our modern society is quickly moving towards a knowledge economy, where intangible assets such as knowledge and information are valued much higher than tangible goods.
Elearning is a convenient and efficient way for a busy society to learn knowledge.
However, the missing part of an online knowledge economy is the crucial element of interactive learning. Interaction makes learning more effective. A learner interactive with the material and his/her peers or instructors will learn more from courses. Active learning allows the learners to keep learning and avoids the pitfalls of “sleeping in the class” or learning mechanically, increasing the value of their education (or training).
Interactive learning offers many benefits. Lessons become less boring, satisfaction with the courses rises, retention of knowledge and understanding of the topic increases.
Mentoring and Direct Communication
Most online training programmes are asynchronous in nature, they do not follow the live interaction and instant feedback of in-person classes. But still, as social creatures, we need to communicate, ask questions, delve deeper into problems and learn by interacting with our peers and managers.
To solve this issue, managers can interact with and mentor team members through private messages, improving the teaching with a personal touch. Some team members will need more or less support in their educational journey.
Team members profile
A training programme can also features social groups. Participants of a course are automatically included in the course’s group conversation that can be found on the social page of their account. Group conversations are great to discuss subjects relevant to the material, network, meet and greet each other or share their own experiences and knowledge while adding value with user generated content.
Additionally, each admin, instructor or team member has the ability to create their own groups and invite others to join. Whether you want to have a closed conversation with your instructors inside the platform or students decide to create interest groups within the school’s social environment, the possibilities are endless.
Built-in Community Inside Every Training Programme
One step ahead of the curve, communities add more value to an online training programme. For educators and teachers, community adds a layer of much needed social learning.
The integrated social network supports interactions with both the whole community and specific individuals and groups. The team members are able to discuss issues, ideas, suggestions, and share experiences and advice within a community of practice. The messages that can be shared are adapted to the specific topic of each course through the use of learning objects.
An example from a Garden Landscape Company:
A team member may share ideas in order to ask for help on undertaking an awkward area of a project. Private communities can be created ad hoc, e.g. for staff projects, for a specific interest group or for collaboration with the trainers. The social network is not an isolated “trendy” service, instead, it is fully interconnected with the learning content: a discussion about the garden area may arise from within the e-book or the instructional video.
Each team member will have access to value-added features
All team members have their own public profile that showcases their activity, their contribution to the community, their achievements, the courses they are following and can include a picture, social media links and some information about them.
The profile is both a mirror and a networking hub that motivates learners to achieve more, to understand, but also to connect with their managers, to compare their progress against that of their peers and to reach out to them.
Each team member profile will be visible and searchable to others, enabling them to connect, network and communicate. How best to connect without a way to find your other team members visit their profile and follow their social posts, comments and conversations? Whether you are looking to create a community to network or include a healthy social discussion to your academy, both can be achieved through training programme.
Following each other will also enrich team members newsfeed. Posts, updates, comments, images and polls shared and answered by their colleagues and network will become a reason to come back for more.
Whether this is a closed corporate training group or an interests group created by similarly minded professionals or a group sharing tips and advice with each other, it will be a valuable addition to your education.
Team members will be able to interact and learn from each other, grow a community around their course and discuss the material provided in your courses. It will also give us the opportunity to collect feedback and make cahnges accordingly.
Today, new knowledge is constantly being created and team members will need to keep up. By adding RSS feeds of popular blogs and resources, we can keep your team members informed with the latest relevant news in your industry, thus offering education that can withstand the sands of time.
Problem based learning
Problem-based learning allows team members to be assessed on their ability to work through a problem.
Problem-based learning gives team members greater long-term benefits than traditional learning.
Develops critical and creative thinking
Develops effective problem-solving
Improves and encourages lateral thinking
Is based on real-life situations.
When assigned a task, team members are given:
A statement of the problem (ie diseased plant; failing business; design case study)
Questions to consider
A framework for the time and effort team members should spend on the task