Farewell to full-time classroom training, and hello to e-learning! Before you start a ‘relationship’ with e-learning, you need to know why you want to. Here are 3 great reasons for this new decision and the journey ahead.
1. Effective learning
Beyond a one-time exam, it can be more effective when learners are immersed in the process of learning activities. The learning process our organisation adopts is the LRCR model – Learn, Reinforce, Confidence-building, and Retention.
The ‘Learn’ stage is only the tip of the iceberg. Learners can internalise knowledge through reinforcement activities, as well as confidence-building activities. At the same time, mnemonics and diagrammatical summaries are just some ways to further increase knowledge retention.
2. Ongoing access to learning resources
Are you losing ‘control’ in learning?
Have you ever attended a classroom training, only to lose your notes by careless accidents of forgetting to save your work? To make it worse, sometimes you can’t seem to remember what you had learnt in the classroom training session! If this is your constant worry, e-learning may be your cup of tea when it comes to learning because this doesn’t ever happen with e-learning!
E-learning allows learners to revisit the course or particular topics within the course, when they want to refresh their memory on what they had gone through previously. Ongoing access to online content and resources, and course re-visitation, is a benefit e-learning offers to learners, which a typical classroom training session lacks.
Re-visitation can be done when learners use a Table of Contents or Menu function which allows them to skip across course pages by selecting the specific page they want to re-visit. Learners need not worry about their notes being lost, because an e-learning course can automatically save and update on the pages a learner has completed and allow him (or her) to resume from where he (or she) had earlier left off in a separate sitting.
3. Freedom to take risks with a safety net
In business, we always say we need to take calculated risks. But how many of us truly dare to take the risks we should be taking? In a real-life setting, real risks could mean real profits, but it engenders potential real losses as well. Yet, we don’t learn when we don’t try. So how will people learn if they are afraid to venture out and take calculated risks at work?
Virtual scenarios or simulations! Today, the learning and development sector has progressed beyond real-life settings towards virtual scenarios or simulations with the innovation of modern technologies. These can be in the form of an immersive scenario replicating a real-life business situation, where learners who choose to go ahead with the calculated risks but fail the virtual challenge have a safety net – no real losses and the flexibility to try again.
This safety net encourages people to take risks and learn from their experiences. At the same time, it can simulate a real-life context, and make learning more applicable to real-world situations. So don’t be afraid, because e-learning now gives you the freedom to take risks with a safety net.