Taking part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has many benefits for businesses and professionals alike. Technological advancements have made it much easier for professionals to juggle work-related tasks, personal life and professional development workshops. Organisations looking to incorporate professional training can experience the following benefits from CPD.
Benefits of CPD training
Professionals no longer have to cut out time for professional development; with online training, CPD can be accessed anywhere and at anytime. Learners are more willing to partake in courses when there is little cost in time or travel.
Options, options, options
Since courses can be pre-recorded or delivered live, many different course-options are available. Individuals are given more freedom to decide which webinars to listen to, events to attend or courses to take.
Reach more professionals
Through the use of online marketing and email communications, organisations are able to reach a larger group of individuals for CPD training. Offering CPD courses and events on a global scale will allow more professionals to connect with each other as well as improve business for the organisation.
Learners are given immediate feedback with training through assessments and online communication. Evaluation techniques can be implemented into online programs and learners can immediately receive critical certification, improving their professional careers.
With these benefits of CPD training, and many more, it is hard to ignore the need to offer CPD training. When implementing and designing CPD training, use the following as a guide to include the essentials of a quality training course.
Keep them engaged
No one wants to read and click, read and click and on and on, even if it is a great topic to learn about. Online training needs to deliver much more and it is important to create a course that is as interactive as the career itself. Try to utilise scenario-based learning and make sure to keep the content challenging for the learner.
Clean and tidy
When designing course layouts, ensure that they are simple. Avoid using harsh backgrounds, colours, music and anything else that may be too distracting to the learning experience.
Chunky but funky
Bite-sized chunks of information are known to be better for retention when learning. Designing a course in chunks of data with clear subject matter will improve the structure of online learning and the learning experience.
A regular scan and review of learning tools is important when trying to maintain relevancy for professionals. Technology development is on the up-swing and it is vital for organisations to set routine reviews to stay up-to-date with innovative learning tools.
People learn in different ways and to deliver quality CPD training, you should utilise a variety of senses. Inviting learners to listen, watch and do can improve the quality of learning and help improve retention.
Consistency over everything
Fonts, colours, layouts and everything else should be consistent through your courses. Creating a solid theme will ensure that your users remember your brand.
When in doubt, case study it out
Case studies and real-world examples are vital to any learning curriculum. Learners need to be able to identify ways that the material can be applied to their own professional lives.
Not everything about learning is fun; however, when designing courses, the content can be made more engaging by using aspects from your favourite video games. Learners can level-up and gain achievement awards as they advance through the CPD training.
And finally, feedback
After developing a new course curriculum, it is important to offer surveys and other methods of gaining feedback to continually improve the execution of content.
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- CPD News Team. (2017). Benefits of online courses. CPD. Retrieved from https://cpduk.co.uk/news-articles/view/benefits-online-cpd-learning-courses
- CPD News Team. (2017). Essentials to creating effective online CPD training. CPD. Retrieved from https://cpduk.co.uk/news-articles/view/effective-online-cpd-training