With the boring tag associated for the compliance modules, organizations are evaluating new learning strategies and practices to make the modules interesting and engaging for their employees. Hence in this blog, I have put forward 6 e-learning best practices for effective compliance learning

1.E-learning assessments

According to Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, “The word assess comes from the Latin assidere, which means to sit beside’ and if you consider the evolved meaning of the word assessment, literally it means to sit beside the learner.  According to me, it looks like the perfect meaning for the word assessment as I believe that learning stands incomplete without assessments as it allows the organization to check if the learner has understood the learning content.

E-learning assessments can be also used for understanding the level of knowledge of the learners before implementing the compliance e-learning. For example, if the employees who are already familiar with the compliance policies, they might need a more advanced approach, or sometimes don’t need to take the compliance e-learning.

2.Include stories

We human beings love to hear stories as our brains are wired to enjoy it. Stories have the power to evoke or trigger strong emotions in our human brains. Hence while developing a compliance e-learning, I recommend to weave a compelling storyline to sweeten the content, that can catch the attention of the learners.

Organizations are also increasingly using real incidents and case studies etc to grab the attention of the learner. By using the real incidents, the learners can better relate it to real life situations.

3.Scenario-based e-learning

Scenario-based e-learning is a very ideal learning strategy for the organization to train their workforce on the compliance module. E-learning scenarios place the learners in a situation where they are presented with a challenge and the learner is required to make the choice of what to do in order to progress through the learning process.

This gives the learner better control over their learning process and motivates them to take the ownership of the learning. If the organization requires the target audience to have a deeper understanding of the compliance modules, I recommend implementing/ include branching scenarios in your compliance e-learning. It allows the learner to practice the learning content without the fear of making any mistakes which are essential for compliance training.

In a branching scenario, the learner progresses by receiving feedback and by experiencing the consequences in real time. Each consequence produces new challenges and choices to the learners.

4.E-learning Games

E-learning games are short microgames that are developed for achieving specific learning objectives. By implementing e-learning games for compliance training, the organization is able to bring the element of fun and engagement. Organizations can also include e-learning games in the form of assessments to test the knowledge of the learners. Before deciding and choosing any e-learning game, I recommend the organization to understand the learners and classify the learners according to the Bartle’s Taxonomy to select the appropriate game type.

To know more about designing e-learning games and templates, visit my blog here

For example, we at XLPro e-learning developed an info-security e-learning game that trains the learners on the info security compliance policy. The e-learning game from the start puts the learner to action and progresses through different challenges and scenarios. The first challenge requires you to spot the differences and there are the tools like the magnifying glass that kicks in the explorer in you.

You can explore the fully customizable e-learning game template here.

5. Microlearning

By implementing microlearning as a learning strategy for compliance training, the organization is able to cut short the learning content to short micro learning nuggets. Hence what was previously 2-4 hours of classroom training can be effectively converted to micro-nuggets that are not more than 5-10 minutes of duration with individual learning objectives. This reduces the information overload on the learners as well as allows them to complete the module at ease. With the increasing penetration of mobile devices, the learners are able to access the microlearning content through any device like smartphones, tablets, iPad etc at their comfort hours.

6. Gamify the compliance training

By implementing gamification, the organization is able to convert the boring nature of the compliance policies to engaging and interactive gamified compliance e-learning. I recommend to choose a theme and even include a story to your gamified e-learning module to enhance the engagement and interactivity in the e-learning module. To know more about gamifying your compliance training, feel free to visit my blog here.

E-learning gamification includes the rich use of multimedia contents, game elements and game mechanics like rewards, challenges etc to the compliance module making the learning more engaging and interesting for the learners.