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Why Mobile Learning is a Must for Sales Teams

You already know that training is essential when it comes to improving sales, but you might not know which training methods to try. While there are many great strategies to consider, one that every sales team should be incorporating is mobile learning. Here's why.
In order to be an effective sales team, members need to understand the product they're selling, as well as their clients' industry, like the back of their hand. Knowledgeable sales staff are often more comfortable when talking with potential customers, which is important because the more comfortable your staff is when talking with clients, the more likely they are going to be able to sell your product.
Enter mobile learning. Unlike in-class training and other methods for learning, mobile learning enables staff to train on the go, any time of the day. Why is this important? Imagine a scenario in which a sales rep is traveling to meet with a potential client. While waiting in the airport or sitting in the passenger seat of a car, the rep has some time to kill. This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on the client's company and the product the rep is selling.
With mobile learning, your sales team can do just that. The sales rep shows up to the client meeting well-prepared and ends up closing the deal. While staff can certainly prepare for a meeting without the use of their phones, mobile learning allows them to prepare up until the last minute, keeping valuable information fresh in their mind.
Mobile learning is also beneficial because it provides bite-sized chunks of information. Small pieces of information, rather than long courses or in-class training sessions, can have more of an impact, ensuring sales reps are actually learning and understanding the information you've provided.
In today's modern age, cellphones often feel like a necessity. Now, your phone can prove to be even more useful with mobile learning. Help your sales staff achieve success by incorporating mobile learning into your training process.
 

E-Learning Templates Can Improve the Course Design Process

With so many factors to consider when designing an effective e-learning course, it’s understandable if the early stages feel a little overwhelming. You may find it helpful to use templates to speed up some of the more redundant steps in your process. E-learning templates provide structure to the process of designing an online training course—but it’s important not to let your template become too rigid or bland.
Let’s take a look at some e-learning template best practices that can make your course both informative and engaging.
Stick to the Core Structure of an E-Learning Course
Regardless of their subject matter, e-learning courses typically follow a similar structure, which includes:
  • Introduction screen
  • Table of contents
  • Objectives and course goals
  • Directions and instructions
  • Course content
  • Quizzes, assessments, and surveys
  • Summary and final instructions
To begin building a basic e-learning template, identify the major components of your course that fit into each of the above sections. You don’t need to be concerned with the aesthetics or content just yet.
Create a Default Starter Template
Your starter template should have a designated screen for each core component of your course. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to build your e-learning courses. Instead of using old courses as a guide, you’ll start from this e-learning template each time you build a new course.
However, make sure you’re using the template as a basic guide for course development, not a rigid framework around which you must design every course. Having flexible placeholder screens for each core element helps ensure that no pieces are forgotten and maintains a positive, user-friendly course design experience.
Each placeholder screen serves as a reminder to include the main elements during the creation of your e-learning course, and it helps with following your storyboard. Additionally, starting with blank placeholders requires you to think carefully about the specific course you’re designing, rather than copying an existing course. Starting your design from an e-learning template also forces you to consider how the course will be viewed from a user’s perspective and pinpoint potential questions the learner may have. Ultimately, creating and using online course templates helps you build a better, more structured, and visually appealing e-learning experience.
 
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