E-learnings are relevant and cost-effective training solutions that contain interactive and quality content. They are often used by organizations to train their partners and employees to increase safe work adoption, skill retention and ultimately, reinforce organizational values. For the workforce, its convenience helps enhance their skills and knowledge.
But what if safety trainings or e-learning courses seem uninteresting and dull to the employees? They act much like an old speedbump no one slows down for – it conditions employees to think, ‘Let me get through this and my day as quickly as possible.’
In this process, no real and enriching training takes place, and their speeding through the course results into a total waste. No doubt, choosing an E-learning portal isn’t easy as it takes more than a free trial – with many tools offering various features and support packages, so it becomes key that one chooses the appropriate.
Here are the top 5 considerations for selecting a vendor in EHS & OHS e-learnings:
Determine your training needs
A clear definition of the learning objectives – meetings with EHS managers, safety personnel and the stakeholders will help do so. This includes deciding on the topics, required delivery methods, features, technical requirements and integration capabilities. Further, the company needs to anticipate their future growth and brainstorm accordingly.
If knowledge and skills, directions and guidance are driving the performance gap, an E-learning course can turn meaningful and successful. A safety vendor with extensive EHS and OHS background, can assist in the decision-making process.
Check vendor’s safety expertise
Research if their individual projects are aligned with best-in-class service. Pay attention to how long have they been in the safety market – company or products that have been vetted by industry bodies or won awards are always a bonus.
Verify that the vendor has a staff of trained safety professionals, and experienced enough to provide sustained advantages. Ensure that they have hands-on safety expertise, delivery guides and implementation assistance, and have enough documented resources. Take a look on their LMS ratings and user reviews.
Detailed attention to the LMS
Choose an LMS with user-intuitive interfaces right from the start. Make sure that they follow a blended approach while creation – their course should be a mix of 2D and 3D images, audio, animation, and text.
After a while, increased safety trainings up the monotony in the employees and so to instill safety learnings from time-to-time, E-learnings courses must be captivating.
Use cases are the best to determine – Ask them to demonstrate a learning path that includes different kinds of content. SCORM-compliant packages have capabilities to suit your course preferences. Also, we all know that language is the key to communicate – ensure if they have multiple language options to their disposal.
Online training delivery
Consider variables such as mobile compatibility, access via desktops and laptops, smartphones and tablets. See to it that their pricing options are competent enough and they charge in-line with their course capabilities.
Gauge the level of support
Many times, we have come across the quote, ‘It is those little things that can make a big difference.’ Find out how things go along with tech support, as it implies fast feedback. Consider small things – Can you visit their office? Is their phone reachable most of the time? Are they responsive enough? Do they understand your requirements without consuming much time?
A trusted technology partner who values focus on collaboration will be best suited for a long-term business relationship.
Above factors will hopefully, aid in narrowing down the choices and help find a safety LMS that offers superior customer experience.