These days, employees’ attention is pulled in multiple directions. Between emails, Zoom calls, and Slack notifications, employees need to focus on so many things at once. When everyone’s distracted and working remotely, how can companies make sure their employees are adequately trained?
Inspiring and informative employee training programs have always been a priority for companies. Creating great training content is even more of a must when most or all of your workforce is remote. The good news? A wealth of instructional design tools can help.
Instructional design tools are software and programs that help learning and development professionals craft exceptional eLearning programs for their employees. Your team can leverage many of these tools to create training programs that keep employees both informed and engaged.
Here’s our roundup of 10 instructional design tools to help you create and share best-in-class employee training.
Whatfix is a digital adoption platform that helps L&D pros train employees on their companies’ software applications. With Whatfix, instructors can create interactive training, which employees can consult in real time when they’re actually using the software. By allowing employees to learn by doing, Whatfix encourages higher rates of engagement—and even better employee retention.
What’s more, a host of features allows instructors to easily create personalized learning content for individual teams and people within an organization. And advanced analytics help learning and development teams understand what’s working and what isn’t so they can create even better training content for employees.
Eduflow is a learning experience platform that allows L&D pros to create fun and collaborative training courses, track learner progress, and measure engagement. One major reason we love this tool is that it focuses on keeping employees engaged and entertained—something too many training programs miss.
Eduflow was designed with the understanding that people learn differently. Instructors have a wide range of options for the training courses they can create, and getting started only takes two minutes. It’s also easy to integrate Eduflow with tools your L&D department is already using, which makes for a more streamlined employee training experience.
Lessonly is a cloud-based learning management system that allows instructors to create, share, and analyze training programs via a single, user-friendly platform. Lessonly designed its platform specifically to help train teams, so employees can learn how to do their jobs more effectively.
With easy drag-and-drop lesson design features, instructors can quickly and easily create rich training content—including text, images, videos, quizzes, and more—that employees can easily understand. The responsive, mobile-friendly platform encourages learning on the go so you can train your team anywhere.
Part of Lessonly’s mission is to help instructors be the best trainers they can possibly be. To that end, the platform offers ample resources that help instructors become better Lessonly users and better, more effective trainers.
One thing we can all agree on: The user experience for online courses viewed on a mobile device is typically pretty sub-par. Adobe Captivate is an instructional design tool that helps solve that problem. Captivate lets instructors create responsive eLearning content and make every course beautiful and user-friendly on every device.
A 2019 update added even more features to the Captivate platform: Trainers can create beautiful, mobile-friendly training content in minutes, thanks to a vast repository of customizable slides and animations. By leveraging the full power of Adobe’s design prowess, Captivate helps trainers create courses that employees will love.
Tettra is an internal knowledge base with smart workflows, so employees can easily find answers to all their most pertinent questions. By storing company information, training content, and organizational policies in a single place, companies give employees easy access to training content. As an added bonus, that access reduces the number of repetitive questions that members of the L&D team need to answer.
Essentially, Tettra makes training faster for employees and easier for learning teams. Anyone can contribute to the organization’s knowledge base, and smart workflows make suggestions about content that should be added, updated, or removed.
iSpring Page is an instructional design tool that allows instructors to create adaptive micro-learning courses directly in their browsers. We love that iSpring Page created a solution for the modern learner, who’s busy and pressed for time. Micro-courses allow employees to master smaller chunks of material on their own time so they can more easily retain the relevant information and act on their new knowledge immediately.
Plus, iSpring couldn’t be easier for training content creators to use. Instructors only need an iSpring page, an Internet connection, and an idea to create a course.
Camtasia is an instructional design tool that makes screen recording and editing easy. As more and more organizations go remote, L&D teams increasingly rely on customized videos to train employees. Camtasia’s easy screen-recording feature and user-friendly templates allow instructors—even those who’ve never edited a video before—to create professional-quality instructional videos.
On top of that, Camtasia includes multiple features that make every video even more effective for employee training. Training content creators can easily include quizzes, annotations, images, and more, so they can make sure employees are learning as well as watching.
Pathgather is an instructional design tool that uses social learning features to make training more fun and engaging. With Pathgather, employees find training materials on a single platform, which provides smart content recommendations based on individual employees’ needs. Social sharing features encourage team members to share their best resources, so everyone benefits from their knowledge.
Pathgather prizes agility in training and gives both employees and managers the ability to share helpful information. The platform makes it easy for any employee to curate “learning paths,” so employees can learn from one another more readily.
EdCast is an AI-powered “knowledge cloud” that focuses on improving employee performance via personalized training and eLearning content. The platform aggregates all your company’s learning materials, then uses machine learning to curate only the best and most relevant content to train your team.
We love that EdCast uses AI to offer a more personalized training experience to employees and that automated workflows can save employees precious time.
Like iSpring Page, TalentCards is an instructional design tool focused on micro-lessons and is designed for mobile learners. With TalentCards, trainers can maximize employee engagement with game-like digital cards that focus only on the most salient information.
It’s easy for training content creators to design cards with TalentCards’ online card editor. Instructors can enhance the learning experience by adding images, diagrams, audio, and video as well as text to each card. The result is a training program that employees actually enjoy completing.
Training doesn’t have to be boring for employees, and it doesn’t have to be overly time-consuming for instructors. By using instructional design tools, L&D departments can create more effective and enjoyable training content for their employees.
There’s an instructional design tool out there for pretty much any element of training you can think of. As you’re attempting to maintain business as usual, even while training fully remote employees all across the country or around the world, try leaning on these instructional design tools for support.