The advancements in technology had significant effects on the different aspects of human life, and learning is no exception. With course of time, different methods have been practiced to meet the teaching and learning requirements of the present modern world in a better way.
E-learning can be considered a major technological revolution that has successfully transformed the basics of learning and instructing through the utilization of electronic media.
What Is Not eLearning?
Before we try to understand what eLearning is, we need to be first clear about what eLearning is not, because then only the dim light on the exact meaning of eLearning would be brighten up and we could further able to see clearly and understand what is eLearning.
Many people, because of eLearning’s dependency on the electronic media, jump into a conclusion that adding audio to a presentation of learning content, or incorporating recorded sessions, or uploading audio/video formats of presentation or sessions to LMS/Intranet/website for the use of people is eLearning; but this is not the case. Then, what is eLearning?
What Is eLearning?
Benjamin Franklin said, “He would forget if you tell him, might remember if you teach him, but he could definitely learn if you involve him”. These words seem so true in the present context as far as real learning and imparting knowledge is concerned.
Ask anybody who is involved in the learning/instructing field and you could hardly find a person who is not interested in gaining appropriate knowledge to implement what is desired in a particular situation. And to achieve this, they seek various training alternatives. But the question is why do people always feel dissatisfied with the outcomes in spite of their efforts?
It is widely observed that mere presentation of learning content could hardly do any justice to the whole learning process. Any training methodology needs to be goal oriented; only then it would be fruitful. It could be effective enough to empower people to face new challenges of the present modern world as well as overcome the obstacles in the learning/instruction path.
E-learning could be defined as an effective learning system that is intended to address these issues efficiently and effectively. It focuses on training as well as facilitating self-paced practicing for people to meet the different learning requirements of people. Furthermore, by facilitating anytime, anywhere online access, eLearning overcomes the barriers of time and place, offering more power of flexibility to people.
In my next blog, we will explore how we can differentiate between eLearning and non-eLearning on the basis of objectives, process and evaluation.
Till then stay tuned and do share your views and thoughts regarding this.
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Every organization needs to use their resources well to meet business goals and enhance productivity. As we know, the pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated and non-compliance to applicable laws and regulatory norms could be costly. So, you have to train your employees about rules, regulations, standards and recommended guidelines to avoid mistakes.
In my last blog, we have seen how E-learning, webinars and Mobile apps can be used to impart product training. In this blog, we will look at some more methods.
E-learning is the continuous process of learning through electronic media. Instructional design is a systematic process of learning, and this learning facilitates achievement of the intended goals. Many think that instructional design is all about using technology, but this is not the case.
“A major challenge we face today, therefore, is to create a desire in people to learn; and to foster and facilitate this desire throughout their lives.”
- Bryn Holmes(Author, eLearning Concepts and Practice, 2006)
One of the most important factors for organizations to succeed in today’s competitive landscape is the speedy launch of new products. The time-to-market of new products is critical to survive and succeed. Furthermore, the life cycles of most products are getting shorter due to rapid advances in technology.
On the other hand, if your sales employees are not rightly trained on your products, they will not deliver the right message to your potential prospects making it a competitor’s gain.
We all have a child in ourselves, energetic, fun loving and having zeal to explore and win games. In this state, we learn the best because our emotional state is very positive and retention of learning will be at the peak.
How do we bring out the kid in ourselves, while learning a new skill or acquiring knowledge?
Introducing new processes and software applications can be quite a daunting task. Employees are not receptive to change and teaching all the details and minute steps can be time consuming. Conducting classroom sessions might not be a very beneficial solution. Learners will need to set aside time from their busy schedules, and often, this might not be feasible. The limited number of facilitators will also slow down the learning process. Facilitators will also need to travel extensively to teach learners spread all across the globe. All these arrangements take up considerable efforts, time and financial resources.
I would like to pick your brains with a quick question on compliance assessment.
In your experience with assessing compliance topics, is it OK to let learners keep repeating a quiz until they achieve 100%?
The mining industry plays a key role in the Australian economy. According to a report published by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Victoria, in 2013, mineral and energy commodities account for 60% of the nation’s total exports.
In this blog, I wish to share my experience on how I developed an interesting course though it had technical content.
This course on finance was a challenge for a non-financial person like me. Initially, it panicked me as I have no idea about finance. But, as an instructional designer, my approach towards this project was more on “educating not teaching”. For this, I did a lot of content comprehension to educate myself before I educate others. We will now see how I faced this challenge and accomplished my goal.