It is common knowledge that a creative workforce plays a key role in the growth of an organization. Novel ideas of employees could be used to efficiently resolve various problems faced by organizations.
How could creativity be fostered in companies?
Training goes a long way in kindling the fire of creativity because it is a trait that needs to be nurtured.
E-learning could be used by managers to impart effective training to equip the personnel with necessary knowledge and skills and improve their creativity because it facilitates:
Stress is the enemy of creativity. It is well-known that learners cannot think efficiently when they are physically or mentally strained. Online courses could be used to impart stress-free training because it helps create a joyous learner experience.
Games could be incorporated into eLearning modules that reduce the stress usually associated with learning. They help transform training into a fun-filled exercise. A learning environment devoid of stress enables efficient transfer and retention of knowledge in a pleasant manner. It helps learners think better, and learners who think better are more creative.
Learners to control their learning
E-learning is a learner-centric format of learning. The worker can learn at his own pace and this allows him to spend more time to understand complex concepts better. Moreover, online courses could be structured to suit the unique learning style of the employee. This enables better comprehension and retention of the subject-matter. Learners who understand the concepts thoroughly are in a better position to improve and innovate at their workplaces.
Another advantage of eLearning is that it is flexible and allows the learner to avail a short break from the course and examine similar real time occurrences that solidifies his learning. For instance, an employee undergoing training on SAP could browse the Internet to learn about the experiences of companies that are using it. This enables him to better understand how the ERP system could be used to improve productivity that helps cement his learning.
Effective presentation of scenarios and case-studies
It is widely acknowledged that Problem Based Learning (PBL) is very efficient in stimulating the thinking skills of the learner. Case studies and scenarios are common tools used to develop logical powers in the learner. Here is a screenshot showing scenarios in eLearning.
E-learning is the ideal medium to present case studies and scenarios in a captivating manner. They help ignite the creative spark in the learner by provoking his analytical capabilities as he tries to understand these case studies and scenarios and provide solutions to the problems posed in them. They help him understand the intricacies of complex business situations and find efficient solutions to organizational problems.
Efficient integration of simulations
The fear of going wrong is a major stumbling block to creativity. This often inhibits personnel from executing novel ideas. Simulations help employees to try and test new procedures without causing any loss.
Simulations could be efficiently integrated into online courses. This allows the worker to practice and gain mastery over the process and then innovate and improve it. Thus, revolutionary ideas could be evaluated without risk and adopted in organizations.
Thus, eLearning helps in fostering creativity, which is the mother of development, and contributes to efficient growth of organizations. How do you use eLearning to promote creativity? We would be glad to learn from your experiences.