To check off all learning goals and maximize the impact of your training, you don’t necessarily have to get trainees in the same room. With the right tools and engaging content, you can build an efficient strategy for virtual training. When it comes to right tools – my choice is Kahoot! with its powerful challenge feature. Here’s how we use it for training at Kärcher North America.
How we started our learning journey with Kahoot!
I am the Director of Training for Kärcher North America, world’s largest manufacturer of cleaning equipment and solutions. I lead a team of 7 trainers and we focus on sales, service, and product knowledge training in North America, primarily USA and Canada.
Training for over 11 years, I’ve tried a lot of different methods and tools to increase learning impact. When I tried game-based learning methods for the first time last year – that became a real game-changer! I heard about Kahoot! at a conference, and just days after I was already creating my first games for content review – it was that easy to get started.
Soon, kahoots became part of every learning objective and now I host games every week. I typically launch a kahoot as the final step before summarizing a topic and moving on to the next one because I get a real sense of how well trainees mastered the content.
Reinforce and recall training content
I start a new topic with a short intro with slides, then spend most of the time on hands-on exercises and discussion and, finally, wrap it up with Kahoot! to reinforce key learning points. Hosting live games in class gave me the ability to recap on the content at a moment when all of the learners are extremely engaged.
Kahoots I create have a lot of images to captivate everyone’s attention and the difficulty of questions increases gradually. Having around 10 questions keeps it very dynamic and gives everyone a chance to win. To heat up competition, I often hand out a small prize like a $5 Starbucks card.