No matter how useful, innovative or exciting new technology is, training your entire faculty can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few tips to keep in mind in order to be successful when training on new technology for your school or district.
Make everyone feel part of the process
No one ever likes to feel like something is being forced on him. If everyone feels more involved in the process, they’ll be more invested in everything required to adopt new technology. This means including them at the very beginning of the selection process. Now, of course, you likely won’t be able to have every faculty member represented, but consider creating focus groups to serve as faculty representatives.
Use outside training resources
Typically, when you adopt a new technology there are training resources that come with your adoption, such as training courses and documentation. A lot of schools and districts will even offer face-to-face training with experienced trainers. Bringing in outside training resources takes the burden off of your staff to complete training. And it also ensures the training is done by a product expert.
Create user segments with relevant training to each segment
More than likely, different groups of faculty and staff will use new technology in different ways. Instead of lumping every topic into long and exhaustive training, create different groups for each segment. Build the training to focus on what’s most relevant to each group for a more efficient experience for your staff.
Refresh your staff on existing resources
When you’re rolling out anything new, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of just focusing on it and nothing else. But remember that you have other digital resources the staff is already using. Use the training for new technology as an opportunity to refresh faculty on any existing products. You can also review how the digital resources integrate and work together if applicable.
Rolling out new technology can have some truly amazing benefits. But when technology is not properly implemented, it can be the cause of major frustration among faculty and staff. Effective training is very important to an equally effective implantation.