Hi, I develop elearning modules for professionals who need to keep up-to-date with changes in regulation. Often, I develop modules which cover recent issues identified by the Regulator, and which we are required to 'train'. Often, these modules end up being long and more-or-less a list of issues, which are highlighted but not covered in much depth. It might satisfy the regulator without resulting in behavioual change. Has anyone got any ideas of how to make a string of often unrelated, high-level issues into a coherent and concise learning solution?
We use short video clips and animations to cover off this type of regulator driven training. The value of these short clips is that they can effectively convey dry material and then also allow the subject matter expert to expand on this with relevant examples in a quick and highly engaging manner. The videos also allow the audience to access at point of need the exact regulatory change which is pertinent to them and the task they are hoping to achieve.
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I feel your pain. It's always challenging to convey regulatory content that has to go out and be 'trained'. However, a way I look at this is to consider what is meant by 'trained'. What is often meant is 'made aware of', rather than learned (meaning it's got to go to long term memory).
At this point, I think Dave is right. We also use short animated videos for this. We seek to answer the 'so what?' question too. So each issue has a 'so what' attached. We also build in, where we can, someone who's got a personal experience that can be shared. Obviously if something is too new, this can't happen. This ramps up engagement and stickiness of the content.
Hope that helps. Also happy to talk more.
When I am looking at any 'compliance' led eLearning, I alway look at how to put it in to scenario/story format. That way you can esily link messages and engage the learner. I also try and stay away from pure tests at the end that only look at 'can they remember what they read 5 inutes ago', and instead find ways to test throughout the course so that it doesn't feel like a test, but can still be reported. Try the gamification methodology for this to work well.
As the others, I'm happy to talk further if you wish.
As Rachel says, the key is engagement - make the learning practical and relevant by as far as possible putting it into practical context - case studies, scenarios, and even just skilled question writing that focuses on application not bare facts. Also grab the learner from the start. We like to drop them straight into a situation where they need to find the information in order to proceed, answer a customer's question and so on. You can use the same approach to "disguise" an assessment.
Short sharp videos are also increasingly effective, and of course they are multi-platform.