Did you see the episode of Glee (stay with me, it’s relevant) called ‘Bad Reputation’? It’s the one where Mr Schuester somewhat ill-advisedly performs ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ and the Glee kids are asked to rehabilitate songs that have gained a bad reputation.
Well, I’ve always felt a bit sorry for compliance training, with its own undeserved bad reputation.
Yes, there are a lot of unexciting, underwhelming compliance courses out there, but is that the cause or the effect of its bad reputation? Is it the fault of the subject matter if the e-learning is dull, dull, dull – and ineffective to boot? If we all tell ourselves that compliance training is a boring necessity, is it any surprise that what we get is tedious tick-box exercises?
Out of all the e-learning courses I’ve designed, one of my firm favourites is a compliance one. That project’s gone on to win a couple of awards showing that compliance training really can be up there with the very best in e-learning. It’s spurred me on to do my bit to rehabilitate compliance training!
That’s why I’m really looking forward to speaking at the eLearning Network’s ‘innovation in compliance training’ event later this month. In preparation for my session, I’d really like to know what some of the most common compliance complaints are – what do you really struggle with when you’re designing compliance e-learning? Try to be a bit more specific than just ‘it’s boring’ and I’ll try to provide suggestions to overcome these obstacles in my session.