More organizations are actively seeking more modern training delivery methods for maximum content and training retention by incorporating online courses into their training regimen. But moving their training online is only the first step to content modernization. Organizations must also make e-learning more dynamic, engaging and comprehensive.

While almost 60% of U.S. and Canadian businesses use internally created online instructional resources, adjusting to shifts in demands and aligning with learner expectations requires more than an internet connection. Learners now expect quick, bite-sized information, and one-dimensional sessions, delivered using dated learning management systems (LMSs), fail to deliver the contextualized, modernized support solutions that enhance employee performance with unlimited accessibility anywhere, at any time.

Here are five modern content delivery methods that boast exciting, new and virtually unlimited possibilities and meet learners exactly where they want learning — at their fingertips.

1. Gamification

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s ever played games — and maybe accidentally lost a few hours of their lives in the process — that gamification is an engaging and effective way to reach learners.

Gamification is linked to a positive learning experience, and a positive learning experience triggers a dopamine rush — a dopamine rush that makes you want more. In fact, over 80% of learners say that gamification at work improves their productivity, engagement and happiness.

(Bonus content modernization points if your gamification integrates with social media so users can share their achievements and motivate their peers, too!)

2. Video

Cisco researchers expect video to account for about 80% of all internet traffic this year. Beyond its entertainment value, this modern content delivery method comes with demonstrable benefits. Especially when you consider that the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, video and other image-based content is ideal for knowledge absorption.

Consider the case of TED Talks. Available online and on apps, this relatively new cultural and educational phenomenon has capitalized on the public’s growing demand for video-based learning and puts control of what, when and where that learning happens squarely in the user’s hands.

3. Social Media

Social media has had a meteoric impact on how we interact and engage with one another, reshaping how we create, define and maintain our interpersonal relationships and connection to the world around us. But its uses don’t end at sharing a selfie in front of a colorful mural. Social media has the potential to impact and shape training, especially as the younger generations now joining the workforce grew up using technology and social platforms.

In order to meet millennials — and the 3.48 billion people across generations who use social media — where they are, organizations actively seek ways to leverage social media to reinforce training, build a learning community, and encourage online discussions and collaboration.

4. Virtual Reality

No longer relegated to silver-screen science fiction, courtesy of “Ready Player One” and “Westworld,” virtual reality provides a cost-effective, safe environment for training, engaging learners in environments that reflect different real-world conditions, even potentially dangerous ones, without being exposed to the actual risk factors.

Consider the case of first-responder training. For firefighters, virtual reality provides a virtual — but realistic — environment to prepare and train before going into a real-life high-risk field.

5. 3D Modeling

3D modeling has transformed numerous industries, including filmmaking, computer games, architecture and product design. But it isn’t limited to entertainment and production. In fact, it can be an invaluable e-learning tool that can:

  • Encourage collaborative gaming experiences and corporate team building.
  • Provide real-world, on-the-job practice environments where learners can virtually assemble equipment.
  • Replicate dangerous workplace scenarios in order to give learners real-life experience without the repercussions of real-life mistakes.
  • Provide on-demand learning opportunities to meet learners where they are, at their exact point of need.

Best of all, 3D models are fun, as they’re so closely related to gaming.

Modern training delivery methods, such as gamification, video, social media, virtual reality and 3D modeling, can transform how businesses train employees by enhancing the learning experience and engagement for maximum content retention and, yes, even fun.