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first step to designing WBT

Goal – the first step to designing Web-Based Training (WBT)

The art of creating a good training is a skill that involves participants, reduces the costs of its implementation, and most importantly, enriches the skills of employees because that’s what we want when paying for WBT.

So where to start?

From the simplest things. What does the person finishing the training need to know? or in short: the training goal.

Knowing the answers to this question before you start designing will make it easier to create a preliminary sketch and later build a coherent training.

The first mistake people make is that they do not know what they want to achieve. ”
Kevin Hogan

The American expert on public presentations and speeches Jerry Weissman compares the presentations to the journey from point A to point B. If you know where point B is and you know where the journey begins, you will be able to determine the shortest and most economical route.

Do you already know where the Web-Based Training begin? Do you know where you have to be at the end of WBT? Whenever you stray from your chosen direction or get stuck in a dead end, go back to the beginning, remember the purpose of what you are aiming at.

More about WBT goals

Training goals should be strictly aimed at the effect, they should close overcome gaps in knowledge and skills, remembering that the acquired knowledge in training is achievable and realistic.

So how to formulate individual categories of goals?

Most often during the training, the employees participating in it learn to perform certain skills that they could not do before or perform them better than before. Most of the goals in this field concern the mastering of the ability to do specific things.

Having already formulated goals at the level of skills, I formulate goals at the level of knowledge. I start with answering the question of what participants need to know to be able to do what we have defined in the first step. Knowledge is the basis of skills

Your goal and audience object, i.e.
What is it? What will I have to do with it?
You have your goal, but remember that your recipient also has a goal – he always asks himself two questions:
What’s the matter?
What will I get out of it?

When starting the training the recipient wants to go out with something, do not want to waste his time, he wants to know what he learns for and what skills he will get after completing the entire training cycle.

By defining and communicating the purpose properly, you make life easier for yourself, but above all for your recipients. If you know what you mean and why you perform, the WBT will be specific and will bring the intended benefits.

When preparing and implementing training, you must have a goal in front of your eyes, so that whatever was presented, conveyed, described was related to this goal.

What is the purpose of this article? Why did I write it?
I want you to analyse your eLearning training/presentations / WBT and see how many of them really had a goal?

If you have thought about it when reading it, I have achieved my goal.

Comments (5)

You made some good points there. I think a lot fo WBT designers have no idea how to do good WBT. I feel so pity that I have to tell this, but I have a lot of examples of bad WBT in my company (OSRAM).

Unfortunately, we haven’t cooperated with OSRAM yet.

As in life, you should have a goal to know what to do next.

Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.

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