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22/10/2021

How to implement new training tools

Forms of learning are constantly evolving thanks to new technologies. Whether it is to broaden creativity, offer more freedom or automate the production of content, new training tools are constantly being developed to meet these changing needs, whether for the educational environment or for continuing education in companiesHowever, once the solution has been identified, there remains a major challenge: its integration into your structure and the support of usersHow can you optimize the implementation of these new training toolsWhat are the key steps to successfully adopt a new solution?  

Project management - the big picture

The integration process is divided into three main phases: preparation, testing and evaluation. Like any innovative project, it is indeed necessary to prepare the ground, mobilize resources to maximize the quality of the deployment and engage users from the outset. Finally, the analysis of the results is essential to measure the success of the operation and to allow its evolution.  

At each stage, it is essential to generate the support of trainers and learners. That said, there is no need to involve them from the outset: as the installation is paced, it does not require the same trades depending on its progress. In fact, the questions the tool will answer are very simple: 

What

what are the benefits and objectives?

How

how is it used, what are the main features? How to get the best out of it? Which networks should it be connected to?

Who

who will be the users and what different roles will they have with the tool?

Where

where should the tool be placed? on which channels should it operate? 

When

when will it be made available to users? how often will it be used?

Once you have defined these prerequisites, you can then structure the deployment schedule that will help you choose the new training tool with peace of mind!  

Key steps

How to implement new training tools

1) Mobilize a dedicated project team

For a smooth transition, it is best to gather a small group of expert specifiers. Make sure you have a variety of skills on this committee to maximize the legitimacy and appreciation of the solution: learning manager, technical manager, internal communications manager, etc.  

Identify the relevant stakeholders and assign a project manager to lead the selection and implementation of the new training tool. 

2) Identify user levels

Whatever the tool chosen, the pool of users is divided into several groups, each with their own objectives, needs and behaviour in the face of the new material. Categorizing these different teams makes it possible to adapt the discourse and the means to be made available. For example, the designer of a training program will not have the same use as the trainer who creates the content. Understanding the uses of each will enable you to present the interest and the functionalities of the solution from the angle that is most relevant to each group. 

Once you have identified the different levels, make sure that each level has a “representative” during the pilot testing phase. Their feedback on the first tests will help to anchor needs and improve your communication about the tool. 

3) Formalise the needs

After a lot of research work on your side, you probably have a very rich panel of information, which you need to structure. Have you covered all the issues well? As mentioned in the “Project management” section, it is important to clarify the key success factors and to detail them sufficiently: KPIs, uses, target audiences, space and time frame.  

Do not hesitate to discuss with the different professions concerned by this change, either informally or through a preparatory questionnaire. It is possible that the feedback will recommend a status quo with routine comfort. Don’t be fooled: innovation doesn’t wait for your teams to be ready and the evidence of benefits is often recognized after implementationIt just needs to be demonstrated! 

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4) Anticipating constraints

Any new training tool (or digital tool in general) is often faced with constraints. These can be of the following kinds: 

logistics: lack of space

budget

organisational: HR, activity

But also be relative to more subjective variables: 

the technological/digital readiness of users: will they quickly feel comfortable and autonomous with the solution?

the assessment of the interface: will the platform be sufficiently intuitive for a quick learning curve?

5) Compare the most suitable tools

We will hear it again and again: the choice of new training tools must be prepared in detail. So, once you have your list of criteria in hand, your search offers you a wide but well-defined field of possibilities. All that remains is to find the solution that is best suited to your requirements.  

It should be noted that adaptation also requires simplicity. Cumulating tools considerably multiplies the time and energy devoted to their implementation. It may be wiser to opt for an all-in-one solution that combines the key uses and functionalities on your training course.  

Let’s take the example of a Rapidmooc studio: 

Integrating video creation software and a filming device in a single self-service device

once the video sequences (rush) are finished, you can edit them directly on the terminal

it allows you to film a presenter superimposed or integrated into other content, while adding video effects, whether you are alone or with several people

and then share them freely

It is important to project the tool into its future environment and to anticipate the underlying needsIn this case, the need to produce “raw” video is followed by the need to edit and share itHaving a tool that meets a maximum of requirements without having to juggle between platforms offers the significant advantage of being unique. Only one training course required, only one tool to understand and practice. Why make it complicated when you can make it simple? 

6) Testing the solution with users - decision makers (designers and trainers)

Once you have made your choice, you need to confirm its relevance and potential for success. It is time to enter the testing phase. Having previously defined the user levels and their ambassadors, it is now up to you to pilot the evaluation of the solution. 

Initially, it is necessary to recontextualize and justify this selection to those who will integrate it into their strategies. Then, through practice, program designers, learning managers, trainers, MOOC creators and teachers will easily measure the benefits of the new training tool chosen. Gather feedback through an initial questionnaire. This will allow you to optimize the settings and specify the possible uses. 

7) Continue the test with the users - beneficiaries (learners)

The training content produced with the tool must be suitable for trainers and learners alikeUsing a sample of users, test the attractiveness of the newly designed programs. Similarly, collect feedback with questionnaires on both the existing (test content created) and the potential (format suggestions). 

To engage this level of users : we have a habit at Rapidmooc of offering them a behind-the-scenes look at the design of the content. By testing the studio themselves, they sometimes come up with very innovative content ideasmaking it even easier for them to join in and get excited about it, thanks to the collaborative aspect. 

8) Formalise deployment and launch communication

The test phases are successful and the whole team is eager to generalize the solution? The official announcement of such a decision must be carried by several ambassadors and spread out over time. Although not necessarily revolutionary, the news must be at least exciting.  

For this, play on the codes of event communication: 

Teaser phase: create suspense and spread clues before the announcement day

Post - announcement: it seems that "repetition is the key" so don't hesitate to propose regular meetings around this topic, especially if it generates a lot of reactions. Discussions, brainstorms, information sharing are always welcome (and well received!)

D-Day - Reveal: adopt a unifying, if not festive, tone: the announcement must be fully assumed, between satisfaction, relief and pride at having (finally) found THE solution to the problems encountered!

9) Train all users

Newness pleases but can also intimidate. Therefore, the communication around any new training tool must also include the reassurance of a dedicated training schedule and progressive deployment 

Rapidmooc studios – for example – may be all-in-one, self-service solutions, but their installation is always accompanied by a mini-training session with best practices as well as more in-depth follow-up if necessary. 

Good idea: make quick and educational tutorials available to ease the transition and provide inspiration 

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10) Measuring results

There is no point in implementing a new tool without measuring its real impact on the expected results in relation to the initial objectives. To quantify and qualify the progress, here are some performance indicators to follow: 

Learner engagement : 

enrolment in training programmes

retention

training courses completed

positive feedback? negative feedback?

Trainers’ activity : 

number of training courses held

cost of production

time saving per production

With over 400 studios deployed in more than 20 countries, we are working to facilitate the implementation of our all-in-one solution within universities and companies. Looking for a new training tool? Contact us and discover the Rapidmooc philosophy! 

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