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The internet revolution and the influx of smart devices has tremendously changed the way we access, consume and share information. The way we learn has also been affected with this change.
What is eLearning?
eLearning is a learning environment that makes effective use of technology to deliver educational and training contents. It encompasses other common terms such as online training, web-based training, and digital learning. Using technology to enable people to learn can involve acquiring new skills, supporting work performance or helping change behaviours. eLearning helps to transfer ideas, knowledge, and skills in an interactive and engaging manner. It is also a medium that allows solutions to real-life challenges that would be impractical for traditional classroom method to deliver, be communicated effectively.
Types of eLearning
This is the type of learning you’re already familiar with. It takes place in real time. That is, it requires two people to be present at a given time to communicate. Examples are video and audio conferencing, live webcasting, virtual classroom, interactive webinars, etc.
This type of learning is time-independent i.e. It can take place at any time. Asynchronous learning is also known as self-paced learning. It is always accessible on a self-help basis and discards scheduling conflicts. Typical example is a Learning Management Systems (LMS), a powerful software suite that administers a range of educational resources and training contents. An LMS allows educational institutions and corporate organizations to create, deliver and manage contents, monitor participation and assess performance among learners.
what modern learners want
Today’s technological pace and smartphone boom has given rise to learners that want contents that are easily accessible on their smart devices (laptops, tablets, and phones), anytime and anywhere. Research has proven that learners get easily bored and disconnected with traditional learning methods (textbook, classroom, PowerPoint and instructors). Modern learners want mobile, personalized, interactive and self-paced learning contents.
How eLearning Works
eLearning courses and trainings are designed with the learner in mind. This makes it special because it guides the learner every step of the way, targeting what they need to do and leading them to a desired result. eLearning applies social and behavioural trend in digital media to meet learners’ technological needs. It virtually put learners in an environment where they are allowed to pause and think, cruise and take action. eLearning attempts to capture learners’ interest and get them excited to learn even more. Its interactive and engaging strategy combines unique features to create a message that is real, relatable and relevant to learners. They can include:
Benefits of eLearning
With eLearning, learners can have access to learning materials at any time of the day. This gives room for a self-paced learning and in a setting of choice.
With various interactive features of eLearning such as storytelling and learning games, the learners’ mind would be fully engaged. This has proven to make information easy to digest and retain.
eLearning can drastically reduce the travel, accommodation, facilitator, training space, equipment, and paper costs associated with undertaking a course.
eLearning enables you to create a standardized process and consistency in the delivery of training contents. You are not bothered whether a change in the facilitator will affect the delivery process.
eLearning offers control to the learners unlike classroom learning. It allows the learner to repeat training until satisfied.
The core outlook of eLearning was interestingly quoted by Benjamin franklin.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”.
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