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Giving Old Learning Content New Life

April 8, 2014 by
Posted in Learning Content

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Spring is here and the opportunity to refresh, renew, and regenerate is irresistible. Yes, it is time to dig out those tried and true programs and begin to think about them differently. The advances in the ways we design and deliver learning enable us to begin to think about redesigning learning for today’s time-squeezed, media-driven, geographically dispersed, globally influenced audience. Where to begin?

Here are a few tips for getting started:

  • Identify one of your solid, proven, critical, traditional programs that could really use an update.
  • Take one topic, module, or lesson out of that program that has the potential to have the most impact to your organization.
  •  Review the learning objectives and make any updates, adding any new business objectives and removing any obsolete elements.
  • Dissect the elements of the module to see what content might be delivered differently.
  •  Re-approach the content with the new delivery format in mind.
  •  Rethink your program to consider how all of the redesigned pieces fit into the bigger picture.

This can be a huge undertaking for a large program, but if you start this way, you don’t have to complete the transformation all at once. You can begin to transform it slowly, introducing the redesigned elements to the audience and adjusting along the way.

Here is a great example:

Let’s say you have a fantastic one-week, instructor-led course on becoming a manager of managers. It is not realistic for you to continue to bring this audience together for a one-week session, and the training hasn’t been sustainable after the learners leave the classroom experience. Take one of those topics, something like Assessing Talent. Ask the following questions:

  • What about this topic absolutely needs to be addressed in the classroom?
  • What existing assignments can be done in an eLearning format prior to the classroom?
  • Can I make some of the reference material more engaging in an interactive PDF?
  • Are there some scenarios or case studies they can work on before coming to the classroom?
  • What are things I can move to a mobile delivery for just-in-time learning as they are exercising the competency?
  • What tools can I create for a manager or supervisor to use as pull-though learning after the classroom event?

By just thinking about this content a little bit differently, you can increase the engagement and effectiveness of those tried and true, proven programs to meet the needs of a more complex and contemporary audience. Let us know if you have any great strategies you have used in redesigning learning content by posting a comment. Be on the lookout for an upcoming webinar on redeveloping learning content.

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About the Author: As Director of Business Development at GP Strategies, Sheri Winter’s primary focus is to determine our clients’ learning and development needs and then formulate compelling learning strategies to address them. With more than 25 years of experience in multimedia, including radio, television, marketing, corporate video and technology-based training, Sheri is an expert in blended and social learning. She spent the last several years contributing to the growth of GP Strategies' Life Sciences, Food and Beverage and general manufacturing practice and has been a speaker at ASTD TechKnowledge® and other training, manufacturing and industry events.

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