Are you planning to go in for e-learning? Do you wish to make the best use of the technology-enabled training format? Would you like to have the highest ROI on your online learning initiative? Do you need to train your people, of varying experiences and proficiencies, on particular subjects in detail? Well, you need to go in for e-learning curriculums.
What is an e-learning curriculum?
Before proceeding further, it is important to understand what a curriculum is. A curriculum is a group of courses dealing with a particular subject, and each course deals with a specific topic. For instance, a curriculum on industrial safety may comprise several courses on various topics such as industrial hygiene, safety engineering, the usage of personal protective equipment, etc. A course is made up of lessons, each dealing with a learning objective.
An e-learning curriculum comprises a set of micro-learning modules, each not more than ten minutes in duration and presenting the content of a lesson online. When the learner completes all the modules, he would have completed the curriculum.
What are the advantages of using e-learning curriculums?
1. Comprehensive training can be provided effectively
E-learning curriculums enable you provide comprehensive training in an effective manner. Bite-sized online learning modules eliminate the need to develop long e-learning courses which contain the entire content dealt in a topic. For instance, instead of developing a 60 minute e-learning course on industrial hygiene, you can divide the content of the course into 6 micro-learning modules, each of ten minutes duration. Today’s learners would find micro-learning modules easy to digest, given their short attention spans.
2. Ideal for the mobile learner
According to a report published by Cisco, there will be about 11.6 billion mobile-connected devices by 2020, including M2M modules—exceeding the world’s projected population at that time (7.8 billion). The explosive growth of the “mobile Internet” is compelling companies to adopt m-learning strategies to train their people. Unlike long, standalone online courses, e-learning curriculums made up of several bite-sized modules can be accessed very conveniently on mobile devices. People find it easier to access one learning nugget at a time, than go through an hour-long course on their Smartphones and tablets.
3. Flexible and well-suited for learners with varying proficiency levels
E-learning curriculums are highly flexible, thanks to their modular nature. They can be designed to contain varying levels of information. Some modules could deal with the basics of a subject, while others could contain advanced concepts. Learners, who are well-versed in the fundamental concepts, may choose to skip the “basic modules” and proceed directly to those covering advanced concepts. Also, you can use the bite-sized modules in multiple online curriculums. For instance, an automobile company can include a module dealing with the basics of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in curriculums on regulatory affairs as well as manufacturing.
E-learning curriculums go a long way in providing good training to your workforce. Online training curriculums can be accessed easily on mobile devices and offer a high degree of flexibility to learners. Hope you liked this post. Do share your views.