In an article titled "The 7 areas dominating future of work trends in 2022", Korn Ferry examines how the workplace has changed nearly two years since the beginning of the pandemic. For those wondering when office life will return to normal, their observations are sobering.
A scarcity of talent is being driven by a wave of retirements, a shortage of employees with skills required to support digital innovation, and growing confidence among workers that now is the time to flex their muscles and secure jobs more aligned with their professional goals and desires.
As remote work becomes a preference for many employees and talent scarcity forces organizations to hire talent where they can find it, training professionals and organizations face a growing challenge of training people when, where, and how they want to be trained.
As this new world of work evolves, training providers need ways to quickly adapt to hybrid learning demands while staying focused on their core training operations. As explained in the video below, SharedBook's view is that meeting participant demand for the digital and mobile formats that enable hybrid learning should be a simple extension of your current materials, and not require reauthoring them.
In fact, the SharedBook platform allows you to extend your current training materials to digital and mobile formats in five simple steps:
1. Upload Your Current Training Materials
Simply upload any print-ready PDFs, PowerPoints, or Word docs that accompany your training sessions now. Don’t worry – participants won’t have access to the native files, but they are converted into secure mobile-ready digital versions ready for immediate distribution.
2. Enrich and Enhance Your Content
Your content is all digital now – an eBook + a print book - so let’s make it more interactive and engaging. You can upload Video files as easily as you upload documents and place those videos to play within your book without needing to maintain a separate print version of the same title.
You can also add online completable Assessments or Quiz questions anywhere you want, and add Links to take participants to external resources or interact with other websites that make sense.
3. Mix & Match to Customize for Client Needs
If you haven’t already, you may want to upload each workbook chapter or module individually too. Then your admin can mix & match to tailor exactly the right material for different sessions, clients, brands, or cohorts. It’s easy – it’s a lot like making a playlist of songs on your phone.
4. Choose Your Distribution Options
You can distribute Secure Digital & Mobile links to participants via email or provide a quantity of single-use access codes for clients to distribute to their users as needed. Participants will be able to take notes, highlight, search, etc. online or offline on any device, but they can’t send someone else a copy or do anything else except what you specifically decide to permit.
Don’t ignore the importance of printed materials though. You can easily manage Print only, Digital-only, and Print + Digital from a single platform so you get to decide. You can even give digital recipients the option to purchase one (but only one) printed copy of the same title.
There’s even eCommerce functionality if you need to collect fees from channel partners and a built-in private Marketplace that you can use to sell any of your material directly to customers.
5. Track User Engagement & Activity
Your content is under your control. You can update or withdraw distributed materials as needed. Administrators can see high-level Analytics to understand how specific materials are being used and track participant activity by user and by pack through detailed usage Reporting.
Ready to Make Your Training Materials Hybrid-Ready?
If you would like to see how fast and easy it is to turn your existing printed training materials into feature-rich digital and mobile formats, request a free trial using the link below!
Originally published January 21, 2022, updated January 21, 2022