Before we understand how to integrate classroom training with e-learning, let’s look at why organizations cannot ignore eLearning implementation. One of the factors is globalization.Thanks to globalization you have your workforce located at different geographical locations and training them the traditional way is time consuming and costly. Other factors are changing demands of business, expanding markets and proliferation of products. What it boils down to is that employees need to be constantly updated on their knowledge and skills and therefore require training on a continual basis. It is due to these factors that organizations started considering online training their employees.
However, this does not mean that classroom training has become obsolete. Here are two points worth remembering:
- ILTs and eLearning are NOT mutually exclusive
- ILT and eLearning shouldn’t be viewed in separate silos
Neither is a substitute for the other. Like the tools of a carpenter, each has its function and advantages. There are some subjects and some learners for whom classroom training makes more sense. So, let’s see how one can integrate classroom training with eLearning for effective training results:
eLearning Before the Classroom Training: First is to add e-learning before the classroom training. Learners can complete prerequisite of a subject before they come to the classroom. It helps cutting down the classroom time and make learning more effective.
eLearning After the Classroom Training: E-learning can also be added after the classroom training in the form of a refresher course, to be taken after a period of time.
eLearning in the Classroom: Some organizations use e-learning in the classroom. Some portions of the subject are online or on the server, which can be done by the learners in the classroom itself. We can also use e-learning as teaching aids like what one of our clients.
Online Tests and Assessments: Another creative way of blending these two is to have the tests and assessments online while the teaching happens in the classroom.
To maximize training effectiveness, you need to combine various formats in the form of a blended approach to learning. Blended Learning refers to a mix of different delivery methods for a more comprehensive learning experience. The trick is in choosing the right one and/ or blending them together. The best impact in terms of learning happens when we “blend” these methods together – classroom and e-learning.
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In my last blog, 20 Must Know Acronyms of E-learning – Part 1, we have seen some acronyms that are used in the world of e-learning. In this blog, we will look at some more acronyms.
11. JIT (Just-in-Time): Just-in-time learning systems enable learners to access online learning resources at the point of need. Today, what will you do to find directions to a place or find out the movie that is playing in the theatre close to your home? You just go online for information. To employees, m-learning provides a similar facility to access information pertaining to their jobs at the click of a button.
Training enhances skills and abilities of employees to be aligned to changing business needs. It is well understood that assessments are vital components of e-learning courses. They are a medium to measure training outcomes. Assessments not only strengthen learning but also help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of a course.
It is well-known that assessments are a vital component of an e-learning course. Good assessments play an important role in enhancing the efficacy of the online course by helping evaluate the knowledge gained by the learner and reinforce the learning.
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. In order to adhere to food safety regulations, one of our clients came up with a requirement for an e-learning course.
E-learning and m-learning are powerful learning methods; both are dynamic and effective ways to teach people. So then, what are the differences between and e-learning and m-learning methods?
E-learning involves a series of modules with in-depth subject-matter while m-learning involves smaller chunks of information which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Modules are designed differently, depending on the kind of format used to learn. M-learning breaks the barriers of time and place and provides easy access to courses. E-learning also enables learners to access information anytime, anywhere through a laptop, and a stable environment is needed for the learner to take training.
As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring.
The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints.
There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent angry letter” – an expression used in a NY times article by Maria Konnikova.
It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.
We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.