Web based training in the age of smart devices

Web-based training is any method or process that enables anyone to create, deliver and track training using an online system. As our web technologies have evolved and improved, many users are accessing the web using smart phones and mobile devices such as Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Google’s Android devices as well as tablet computers.

Web-based training should be adapted to be consumed on these smart phones and mobile devices. The fact of the matter is weather we like it out not, consumers are increasingly accessing resources and websites on non desktop or even laptop machines.

Here are some tips on how to make your content user friendly across different platforms and devices.

  1. Starting with the obvious. Make sure your content is not being hard to read on any platform. Apple does not allow Adobe Flash content, some Andriod devices might not necessarily support all content created on the Apple environment. However content that is reach in text and less on graphics presently using smart HTML code instead of media rich applications is probably a safe bet – even though it might appear boring.
  2. Make sure that your content does not rely too much on large file sizes. Remember many tablet computers and smart devices are running on wireless networks on mobile phone networks which are not always the fastest. Making your content too media heavy could slow down the content and make accessibility a problem.
  3. Test your content across different platforms before you actually roll it out. Don’t hope for the best. Prepare and test your content. This could be as simple as emailing your content to friends or colleagues who you know on different networks or systems and let them tell you how they are accessing the email or content.

Lastly if you have to use a web-based training system, make sure to check out a platform that is optimized for cross browser access. This means people can access it across multiple browsers or platforms like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer. Check out a tool like eLeaP web-based training software platform.

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Could web-based training be the solution for compliance training?

Training your employees in compliance training or industrial training
has never been the most exciting thing companies have had to do.
According to BLS over 4.2 million nonfatal injuries occurred in 2005.
Can you imagine the law suits and payments companies have to make?

Can you really afford not to do something about this situation? We call this affirmative defense strategy.
It means if you ever find yourself involved in a law suit (and
supervisors, don’t think you can’t be sued. Often times employees can
sue you personally so you better insist on the training you
need to establish your affirmative defense) you want to be able to
prove that at the very least, you provided adequate training to your
employees and the actions that resulted in the law suit came because of
willful self negligence and certainly not endorsed by the company.

back to my point. You need all the training you can give and get to
help your employees improve the skills and talents and thereby improve
your organization’s competitive standing and of course it will not hurt
your case if you ever get in a legal situation.

issue with web-based training has been the complexity of the systems
that exist to enable do employee training. Such systems are called learning management systems or talent or performance management systems.
Don’t get caught up in the “gee whiz”, “bells and whistles” game.
Evaluate a learning management system based on your  needs and goals. A
learning management system should allow you to do your own training
easily, securely and cheaply. Get an LMS which is robust, scalable (to
grow with you) and easy to manage. Lastly look for an LMS is which SCORM compliant
or conformant. SCORM is an e-learning standard which enables
interoperability among LMS’s – courses and tracking information can be
standardized across many learning management systems.

If you want more information on how to get started in web-based training contact eLeaP Learning Management Systems at