If you’ve ever worked a "regular job," you’ve probably heard the term onboarding. Here's how Wikipedia defines onboarding:
Onboarding, also known as organizational socialization, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders.
Let’s simplify that, shall we? Essentially onboarding means taking steps to make sure your new employees have the knowledge and skills to navigate your organization.
So what does onboarding have to do with online courses?
Well, it turns out that online learners also benefit from onboarding as much as employees. When it comes to online courses, onboarding is how you make sure your learners know how to access and navigate your course. It helps set them up for a successful start.
Why Is Onboarding Important?
Without an onboarding system, your learners would simply log into your course and have to figure things out on their own.
Have you ever had this experience?
Creating a better experience doesn’t have to be complicated. Onboarding can be a simple series of emails or a mix of email and media to make your learners feel welcome and prepared for your course.