When Learning Met Development

when learning met developmentWhen February comes around, it’s hard not to get caught up in the glow of Valentine’s Day. Pink and red cards, heart-shaped chocolate, and bouquets of flowers surround you everywhere you go, even amidst a global pandemic. The hopeless romantic in me thrives during this time of year. What better feeling is there than love?

During this time of year, I like to avoid the cold weather (if you can ever really describe San Francisco’s weather as cold) by hunkering down in my apartment, indulging in some See’s Candy, and binge-watching my favorite romantic films. There’s something comforting about the repetitive nature of the films and predictable endings. I mean, did you see last year’s “Litmos Actually” video? Like I really love romantic comedies. And if you’ve read any of my past blogs, you’ll know I can’t help comparing what I see on the screen with what I do when I’m working 9 to 5.

So, please humor me as I put on my rose-colored glasses and see the world of Litmos features through the lens of romantic films:

She’s All That – The Power of Impersonation 

Ah, there’s nothing quite like the movie trope where a popular person transforms the Hollywood standard of a “nerd” into someone who can be considered “cool.” In “She’s All That,” Freddie Prinze Jr. uses his knowledge of the popular crowd to turn Rachael Leigh Cook into a prom queen. While I would never condone changing yourself to be someone you’re not, there are times where impersonation can come in handy – like say when your learner can’t figure out just how to do something in their learning instance.

With the impersonation feature, account owners, admins, team leads, and team admins are able to see Litmos Training through their learner’s eyes. This tool empowers them to view and troubleshoot issues in the learner’s view. It’s a feature that ensures your learners will vote for you for prom court.

Moulearning Rogue! – Brand Themes Make Your Program Unforgettable

When “Moulin Rouge!” came out I was 10 years old and thought it was the weirdest thing I’d ever seen. The aesthetics were nothing like the movies I typically watched, and I absorbed the trippy film with hesitation, yet I was mesmerized. The unique direction is the reason it’s become one of my all-time favorite movies. So, when it comes to your training portal, you should endeavor to capture the spirit of “Moulin Rogue!” – make it pop!

Creating brands in your training program allows you to control how groups of users experience their learning. Updating logos, customizing emails, and having a unique view keeps your learners engaged and provides them with a seamless experience. But most of all it will have your learners coming back for more, moooore, moooooore! (read that last bit like you’re Christina Aguilera singing that bit of “Lady Marmalade” please)

Bridget Jones’s Learning Program – Being the Author of Your Own Content 

In “Bridget Jones’s Diary” the audience is allowed to see the inner workings of Bridget’s mind through her hilarious, although sometimes embarrassing, musings in her diary. The film follows her as she journeys through the perilous waters of finding love. Through her trials and tribulations, one thing doesn’t change: Bridget’s ability to make positive changes in her life and be the author of her own destiny, or if Bridget were a learning admin, the author of her own content.

In learning, there’s a great advantage to being able to create your own content and training courses within your platform. For example, should your sales team have a new go-to-market strategy you need to launch ASAP, you’d want to be able to get the information out as soon as possible. That’s why our team developed the content authoring tool. Content Author allows you to create and edit SCORM content directly in Litmos Training. You can control which Administrators, Team Leaders, and Team Admins can author content right through the platform. It allows you to quickly and effectively get content to your learners.

My Big Fat Learning Report – The More Data, the Better

You will never have to twist my arm to watch “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” because, in my opinion, it is just a delightful movie. The film follows Toula, a shy wallflower with a large Greek family, as she falls in love with a non-Greek man. Her large and overbearing family put the couple through a variety of hoops in order to get married, but at the end of the day, she comes to appreciate her big fat Greek family and its traditions.  So, how does this movie relate to your reporting? Well, the more data, the better!

If you’re not getting the reporting metrics you need, that’s an issue spraying Windex won’t fix. A highly sophisticated reporting feature will allow you to measure and influence performance, and track course completions, test averages, content popularity, and more with built-in reporting and analytics. Opa! To metrics and reporting!

The Princess Bride – Keeping Learners Engaged

In “The Princess Bride,” a grandpa decides to read a story to his sick grandson while he’s home from school. Seeing as it’s a love story, he quickly dismisses it, but he eventually comes around to the story as it’s filled with action, adventure, and a compelling plot that keeps him engaged and interested. The same goes for your learners; they want their learning to be engaging.

Overall, taking advantage of the different features Litmos Training offers keeps your learners engaged and excited to learn. Creating an environment that focuses on benefiting the learner will drive higher completion rates and retention of content. That’s a match made in movie heaven if I do say so myself!

Want more romantic comedy-themed content? Then all I can say is “as you wish.” Keep an eye out for Part Two of this blog and register for the “How to Lose a Learner in Ten Days Webinar.” Stay tuned…