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Have you ever wondered who
you are talking to?

Have you ever wondered who you are talking
to on a website's instant messenger?
Chances are you are not speaking to a human,
you are in fact interacting with a bot.
Customer service is increasingly using chatbots to provide their first line of contact when customers are seeking advice and information. Chatbots are reliable; provide up to date and precise information so in the world of Learning and Development a bot could be the answer to your needs.
Traditional L & D with training sessions, courses and elearning provide only a part of training. Why? Because on average 50% of what is learnt in the classroom or online is forgotten the moment the lesson finishes.

This gap in memory can be filled or even avoided altogether by deploying a chatbot in the workflow. Often the information employees need is away from their job, on a course, online, at home Having a bot in the workflow allows employees to have the information and training they need to do their job when and where they need it, rather than having them step away from the desk into a classroom or taking them to another screen to participate in an online course.
A chatbot can reinforce by learning while doing. Employers learn better on the job rather than before the job.

Information at the touch of a button, ot is it? Smart devices mean that we can access vast sources of information instantly which means people are now used to accessing the knowledge they need in an instant. It also means that the wrong information, old information, too much or not enough information can be accessed.

Modern employees expect that these new ways of accessing information are available to them at work as well. You're not going to wait for L&D to run a training class or e-learning module when you have Google, YouTube, Pinterest, and countless wiki sites at your fingertips.

But AI-powered chatbots allow L&D to move beyond Google. A straightforward search will bring you information, but often too much. A chatbot programmed and controlled by L&D can match the ease of access and connectivity to information and resources, but critically can ensure that it's the right information, targeted and personalised for the person looking for it. The data is placed in context, right for your organisation's employee. So instead of endless ways of doing, you access the right one for the right time and place.

Imagine having a resource that employees could access whenever they had a question.
Many organisations use a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver training and make resources more accessible. Chatbots can make learning more relevant and accessible by moving the LMS out of the way. Learners gain direct access and control to the information and learning stored in the LMS via the bot without having to deal with complex interfaces or sign up for a course. Employees have information when they need it – on the job. This makes for more personalised and effective learning.

Learning support needs to be packaged so it can be digested quickly. An employee looking for a piece of learning while on the job, has limited time and bandwidth. A sales rep or maintenance engineer wants to have the information he or she needs on their phone or tablet at the client's location, not sit through an entire refresher course.

Access to information and learning content via a chatbot leaves employees in control of their learning. Training becomes more effective because learners invest in it and identify and take ownership of their own training needs. L&D needs not so much to control as to facilitate learning. Learners are L&D's prime customers and it needs to support them by helping them learn how to learn.

Allowing employees to have access to a chatbot that itself has access to your organisation's learning assets and content means that training can move into the workflow. The employees can use the chatbot as a as a personal tutor and learning 'buddy'. This approach offers the prospect of continuous learning and personalised support.

Chatbots can deliver the right information as and when it's needed. For employees who are away from their desks – in off-site meetings, on the factory floor, fixing appliances in customers' homes – this means they'll have the information they need to perform the task or answer the query accessible on smart, mobile devices.

L&D chatbots deliver instant access to expert knowledge and advice all the time. And the learning is more likely to stick as it's been applied in a real- world context so the cycle of learning and forgetting is broken. The chatbot isn't just delivering learning, it's also providing information about how people learn and what they need to learn. It records data from its interactions. This data can be then analysed to see what is being learned and when. It will also tell you what information is missing by recording the queries that it couldn't respond to.

Evaluation is often the neglected element in learning design, but with a chatbot feeding back data on what works and what doesn't it becomes a critical stage of the design process. This means training can become more relevant and effective as it's based on the demonstrable needs of employees rather the notional needs determined by L&D.

As learners learn, learning designers learn from the learner and learning becomes a continuous process rather than an episodic event. It's not so much about the chatbot performing L&Ds function, it's about L&D working alongside the bot. By employing a chatbot you transform learning from being a remote, singular event to being an integral part of the working experience.

Traditionally training has occupied employees' time and taken them away from their work – at a cost to productivity. With chatbots, training is more effective, relevant, and accessible to learners when they need to apply that learning.
The bot identifies gaps in learning and records the effect on performance. It highlights the real need for training and quantifies the impact it can make. So instead of seeing L&D as a necessary burden, employees understand what a real difference and impact it makes. Want to know more?

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