The most challenging task is developing an online training program and targeting multiple learners taking the same program. Everybody loves to learn, but as a training manager, having background knowledge about the learners can help you design an appropriate strategy to develop your e-learning course. You may not and cannot use the same strategy for all kinds of learners.
If you understand the context from which your learners come, it will help you design a course that is more learner-centric. I would like to share with you various types of learners that I have come across and the key challenges to develop an online training program for them.
Generally, self-assured learners believe that they are capable of achieving anything. They are natural leaders in that they are prepared and are able to set the direction for training, and sometimes they are prepared in advance to handle a training program.
- If the training program moves too slowly, these learners might become irritated and restless easily.
- They want clearly defined objectives, or do not encourage participation.
- They are interested in team projects, group discussions, and other shared experiences with their peers.
- They want to get more out of a course than just receiving information.
- They are using course content to complete the tasks without any guidance.
- They are self-assured and they can be able to manage learning tasks and transfer their knowledge to other situations.
Solution: Learning through explanation and discovery is the best strategy to teach these learners.
Workaholics are extraordinary performers; they don’t have patience and may insist on doing the course in to their own way. In addition, they advise the trainer on how to create an effective training program. Furthermore, they require continuous feedback to know that they are doing well.
- It is difficult to teach and impress these learners, even if you are teaching with an effective training program.
- They always obstruct their learning in some way:
- E-learning course might cover so many topics or very less.
- Course content may be too profound or too low.
- Training program runs fast or too slow.
Solution: They concentrate much on assignments and are an advantage to discussions.
Emotive learners are sensitive and are significantly influenced by their feelings. Additionally, they develop a sense of attachment to the training program either through the trainer or through the course content.
- Adding interactive assignments and exercises to your online learning solution.
- They prefer natural flow of the content; so your content should help learners see why this information matters and how it is important to them.
- Make sure you define the course objectives clearly; this is like setting a route map before learners to trigger their expectations.
- Explain to them with a convincing factor on how important it is to go through this training program.
Solution: Adding scenarios is the best way to engage these types of learners.
So, as you can see, these are the different types of learners and their varied nature has to be considered before developing an e-learning strategy. While creating e-learning courses, we need to understand the temperament and the background of the target audience and create an appropriate solution with instructional and design principles.
I will be talking about some more different types of learners in my next blog.
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