Supervisors: How to help staff make the most of online courses

Are you a supervisor or manager with a staff member who is taking an Infopeople course? Would you like to help them make the most of the learning experience? We would love to share a few potential ways you can help “make training stick” for them.

7 ways

  1. Read through the course description and learning objectives together. Every Infopeople course includes a course description and learning objectives. Reviewing them will help both supervisor and employee have a solid understanding of what is going to be covered in the course.
  2. Review the estimated amount of time required for the course work and make a plan for scheduling that time. Most Infopeople courses are designed to require 2 1/2 hours of time per week for the duration of the course (2, 4, or 6 weeks).
  3. Assist staff with finding a place for their learning. Do they have the space needed to accomplish or complete readings, online meetings, and assignments without being interrupted?
  4. Discuss assignments together. Assignments in an Infopeople course are practical and relevant. Many of them encourage applying course concepts to the learner’s current library setting.
  5. After completion of the course meet with the staff person as soon as possible to brainstorm where new knowledge and skills can be applied, or if additional continuing education is needed to build on what they have learned.
  6. Provide a way for the learner to share their acquired knowledge with other staff (e.g. blog post, staff intranet, informal bag lunch, staff bulletin board, etc.).
  7. Make a calendar note for 2-3 months after the course end date to talk about what has been accomplished.

Want to know more about the research and models behind these ideas?

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We were inspired to develop and share these 7 tips while working with Andrew Sanderbeck and Terry McQuown to create an Infopeople Academy tutorial called Making Employee Training Stick.

The free tutorial will introduce you to:

  • “Transfer of training”, helping you understand various tools and strategies available to support your staff in using more of their learning on the job.
  • The critical role that supervisors play in the success of employee training in any organization.
  • Practical tools and strategies that you can start using immediately.
  • Strategies for overcoming potential barriers to using transfer of training.

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