Broadly speaking, the learners’ population is categorized into four different segments that include – the Veterans (or the Traditionalists), the Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. They belong to different time periods and the diversity of these learners is influenced by different factors such as the different circumstances they have witnessed, available facilities they got, technological impacts they felt and so on.
The new age learners’ group mainly comprise of the Generation Y category of learners. Generation Y or the Millennial’s or the Echo Boomers are those born between 1980 and 2000. They represent a major chunk of the learning population and therefore it has become imperative for learning design professionals to know the learning preferences of individuals coming under the cohort of the Millennial’s group.
Generation Y learners are much more tech savvy than their predecessors and are proficient in a Web 2.0 world that includes social media. The Millennial’s are open-minded, optimistic and more driven by technology and its applications. Being avid followers of technology, they are accustomed to quick retrieval of information and filter the information according to their need. The slightest delay in accessing information can draw away their attention from the subject matter.
For this generation of learners who are constantly exposed to technology; technology has a profound impact in their learning pattern. They understand that today’s learning will be more driven by technology and a mere mouse click can easily give them access to all the information they require. They prefer solutions such as mobile learning, social media to establish a two-way dialogue or blogs to share new ideas or tips and so on. Thus, collaborating with technology ensures they enjoy learning of real world scenarios in a virtual setting.
Therefore, evaluating the general profile of today’s learners (who are more tech-savvy than their predecessors) would help learning design professionals to design their training solutions in a way that these would leverage technology and put it to the best possible use.
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In the previous post, we looked at the approaches to design e-learning courses on food safety; in this post, we will look at a few instructional and visual components that we used to engage learners. Let’s see what they are.
A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is an expert in an organization on a particular area or topic. To create good e-learning courses, inputs from SMEs are vital. To get the best out of your SME, you need to first understand him and know his role. The SME’s role is to help instructional designers (ID) understand the content. An SME is a knowledge hub looking for the best ways to transfer it, and we IDs are the people who lay the path for it. We generally face many challenges while dealing with SMEs such as variation in timelines (the major challenge), lots of changes in the content and few in the GUI, huge variations in visualization, etc., once the course gets developed. In order to overcome all these issues, and to get the best out of your SMEs, you need to follow a few steps. Let us see what they are.
Medical representatives face many problems while promoting their companies’ products to doctors. It’s a well-known fact that doctors are more knowledgeable about medicines than the pharmaceutical sales representatives. So, how can a representative gain as much knowledge as the doctor about the medicine? Well, e-learning is the best solution for this problem because it helps to impart highly effective training.
As instructional designers, we always aim to design courses that reach the target audience effectively. We would never want to hear our learners say that the course was boring. We put all our efforts to make the course interesting and engaging.
But, it is essential that these efforts are put in a right way. Engaging the learner doesn’t mean just including interactivities. It is much more than having a few clicks of interactivities.
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.