From the moment we learn to walk, talk or write, till the time we step out into the big bad world, in any part of the world we are taught and learn in the same way. Schools, colleges, or universities are the universal places of learning and teaching and in every such place, you will find an incredible method of teaching which every child and adult is familiar to, and yes I am taking about classroom teaching where learning takes place in an interpersonal level.
But what happens when you come out of the comforts of your school or college? Surely once you join the bandwagon of the “professional life” no one will take you through every step of the way like they did when you were a child. Most organizations today use eLearning to educate and train employees, so what happens to the classroom when you sit in front of the screen?
Let me take you through on how eLearning compensates for the missing teacher and if it is equally effective and how.
We all know this room too well, there are few who love and most who hate it. Nevertheless we all have been in a classroom for a significant amount of time in our lives. The first thing that comes to anyone’s minds when they hear the word classroom is a teacher teaching and students studying.
The very first striking impression of a classroom is that it is led by an instructor who lectures or teaches. This done with the help of teaching aids such as reading materials, presentations, stories, demonstrations, activities, and occasionally, field trips. All these help instructors to enhance a students learning experience. Once this is done, the instructor or teacher tests his/her students with assessments and exams and a presents report card that shows their progress.
Classroom learning is an interpersonal way of learning and teaching where the physical presence of the learner and the tutor matter the most, however given the multitude of students in a classroom it is not entirely possible for each learner to have a one on one interaction with the instructor.
Both classroom and eLearning aim for the same thing that is to create and provoke learning experiences.
However they differ from each other in several different ways. In eLearning, the learner decides when and where to learn, there is no instructor to guide the learner and its self-paced style of learning gives the learner a complete sense of freedom to learn whenever he or she wants to.
E-learning is a platform where you can have multiple learners for a single course in different parts of the world. As I said, the learners can decide when they want to take the course, be in at office or in the comfort of their home.
Assessments in eLearning are quick. The moment you finish the course, you have a quiz with immediate feedback and you’re done, you don’t have to wait to give a test on another day. In a classroom you can clear your doubts immediately with your instructor, in eLearning you can collaborate with other learners as well as instructional designers on discussion forums where you are exposed to multiple solutions, ideas, and motivation from your peers.
From the classroom to the computer:
Commonly , we tend to assume that classroom training and eLearning don’t gel well together, however
classroom teaching aids such as documents, PowerPoint presentations, tests, handouts ,and so on are a great resource to eLearning and can be used in ample ways as web sources, animations, games, activities and simulations. These make the ordinary classroom experience an extraordinary virtual world experience.
There is long list when it comes to converting ILT material for eLearning which we will look into next time…