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How to Develop Engaging Training Materials in 7 Steps

Terri James
VP of Product

Master the art of crafting effective training materials with step-by-step guidelines, ensuring learner engagement and knowledge retention.

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Creating effective training materials is essential for empowering your teams and driving growth. 

With Continu, our aim is to streamline this process, offering tools that simplify content creation while ensuring it engages and resonates with your employees. 

Our platform is designed with the modern workplace in mind, making it easier than ever to develop training materials that are not only informative but also accessible and enjoyable.

Let’s explore how Continu can transform the way you approach training, making it a powerful driver for your organizational success.

Here’s the seven-step process to develop training materials that matter:

Step 1: Assess Learner Needs

Before you design any sort of training materials, the first step is to figure out where your team's knowledge or skills are lacking. This sets the stage for meaningful training.

Use Continu’s Assessments & Quizzes to pinpoint these gaps.

Quick quizzes reveal what areas need work, guiding you to create focused, effective training. Get a straightforward view of your team's needs, ensuring your training hits the mark right from the start.

Step 2: Develop Engaging Content

Once you know what your team needs to learn, it's time to make some engaging content. You want training that grabs their attention and sticks with them.

That’s where Continu’s Content Authoring tools come in handy. 

They're built to make it easy for you to add the fun stuff—videos, interactive quizzes, and media—right into your courses.

Easily add videos, quizzes, files, and more using Continu's Authoring Tools.

This isn’t about dumping info; it’s about creating a learning experience that’s as enjoyable as it is educational.

With these tools, you can transform any topic into an interactive learning adventure. Whether it's a complex software tutorial or a soft skills development session, Continu helps you craft content that not only teaches but also engages your employees.

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Step 3: Organize Modules into Structured Learning Tracks

Now that you've got your content built out in the form of modules, it's crucial to put it in the right order. You want your team to build their skills step by step, without getting lost or overwhelmed.

Here's where Continu’s Learning Tracks shine.

They let you line up your courses in a way that makes sense, creating a clear learning path for your team to follow. Think of it like building a staircase—each step leads smoothly to the next, making the climb up the learning curve feel natural and manageable.

Ensure that your training is effective, keeping learners engaged and on track from start to finish.

Step 4: Enrich Training with Multimedia

Keeping your team engaged means mixing things up. Just like a chef adds different ingredients to make a dish tasty, you need to add various media formats to make training interesting.

Continu makes this easy. You can upload videos, embed useful links, or even record new videos directly in the platform. 

Upload mix media icons into training materials.

This isn’t just about making training look good; it’s about tapping into different ways people learn. Some might prefer watching a quick tutorial, while others might grasp concepts better through an infographic.

By adding multimedia elements with Continu, your training materials become a rich, interactive experience rather than a static read-through.

Step 5: Adapt Content for a Global Audience

In today’s global remote workplace, your training needs to speak everyone’s language. It’s not just about being understood; it’s about making every employee feel included and valued.

This is where Continu’s AI translation tools come into play.

Easily translate your training content into multiple languages with Continu.

With the ability to adapt your training materials into 100+ languages, Continu ensures that everyone, no matter where they are or what language they speak, has access to the same high-quality training.

By making your training universally accessible, you're not only complying with global standards but also fostering a more inclusive culture.

Step 6: Collect Valuable Learner Feedback

Once your training is out there, don't just pat yourself on the back and call it a day. You need to know what's hitting the mark and what's missing it. Feedback is gold.

Continu’s got you covered with its Ratings, Likes, and Shares features. These tools are more than just feel-good metrics; they're a direct line to what your team thinks about the training. 

Allow learners to rate, share, like, and comment on training content.

Did a particular course get rave reviews? Or maybe there's one that's not quite landing. This feedback is crucial.

By paying attention to how your team interacts with the content, you can continuously refine and improve your training materials.

Step 7: Track and Report on Important Training KPIs

After rolling out your training, it’s crucial to see how it’s performing. Are your employees engaging? Are they learning and applying new skills? It’s not just about completion rates; it’s about the real impact.

Continu steps in with its Custom Reports feature, allowing you to dive deep into the data. You can generate insightful reports on various training metrics, including ROI, engagement, and more.

Generate and download custom reports to showcase training effectiveness.

With these LMS reports, you can pinpoint which parts of your training are most effective and which might need a tweak or two. This level of insight helps you continually refine your approach, ensuring that your training materials are not just good, but gold standard.

Summing Up Training Material Development

Creating top-notch training materials can feel like a mountain to climb, but it doesn't have to. With Continu by your side, it's like having a team of expert climbers guiding you up the path. We understand that your workforce is diverse, and so are their learning needs. That’s why we’ve packed Continu with features that make building effective and engaging educational experiences a breeze.

By following the steps we’ve outlined and tapping into Continu’s rich toolkit, you can design training programs that do more than just impart knowledge. They inspire, engage, and connect with your employees, helping them to grow and excel. With Continu, you’re not just developing training materials; you’re shaping a learning culture that drives your organization forward.

Are you ready to take your training materials to the next level with Continu? Discover how our platform can revolutionize your L&D efforts. Sign up for a demo today and see the difference Continu can make in creating a more informed, engaged, and skilled workforce.

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About the Author
Terri James, VP of Product at Continu
Terri James
VP of Product

Terri is the VP of Product at Continu, a modern Learning Management System built to help companies train employees, customers and partners using one platform. For over a decade, Terri has led Continu as a product and is passionate about helping companies build a culture of learning.

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