One of the greatest things about eLearning is that no kind of classroom training material or teaching aids such as graphs or statistics will be considered as irrelevant or unusable. One of the smarter ways to use existing teaching materials in eLearning is also the most simplest – converting a classroom teaching experience to an eLearning teaching experience.
So how can you make use of classroom aids in eLearning?
Let me show you how to do that and you will be surprised at how easy it can be. Let’s start with the most common element in a classroom, lectures. Lectures are talks or discussions on a particular topic, usually educational in nature given by an individual who expertise lies in that particular subject.
So, how can you use what a trainer says in a class in eLearning? Well, we all know there is no instructor in eLearning, hence classroom lectures can be turned into visually eye catching presentations where what the trainer says can be show on screen with a dab of colors and animations to keep your learner interested.
For instance, in the classroom, the trainer says there are four things you need to have in order to be confident., These 4 steps – a) be assertive, b)have good body language, c)learn from your mistakes and d) always want to learn more are presented verbally with little or no visualization in the classroom. In an eLearning, they can be shown in a more exciting and visual manner, such an instance can be seen below:
Test to Quizzing Games: In a classroom session, a lecture is followed by a question and answer session, this is done to assess whether the learner was paying attention to the class. The same goes with eLearning where quizzes are used to assess the learner. Now in a classroom, you generally have a show of hands and only a few people get to answer the question asked by the trainer, for instance the trainer asks what are the four steps to boost your confidence? Here we commonly see one or two people giving an answer; in eLearning you can ask the same question with a different twist, by using games or scenarios and the best part of eLearning is that every person who takes the course must answer the questions – either formative or summative. Below is an example of how you can add that fun element to quizzing.
Handouts to Web Sources: Nowin every classroom training session, the learner receives a set of papers called handouts or a participant guide. These are usually after class reference material that either summarize the learning or provide an in-depth view of a particular subject and are used for further or future reference. ELearning is ecofriendly and these handouts can be attached as click on options such as links or PDF; these web sources add great value and save onscreen space when you have detailed information you want your learner to know. Below is an instance of how a classroom document was used a web source in an eLearning course.
Question and Answer to Discussion Groups: After every classroom session, there is knowledge sharing where the participants question the trainer in case of doubts or debate on two opposing point of views. While this is a very effective way to reinforce learning, it is restricted only to the four walls of a classroom. In eLearning, whenever you have a query, you can post it on various discussion forums where you have the access to the world’s leading experts and they give you the best possible answer that enhances your learning. Such kind of collaborative eLearning is possible through a learning management system. For more information check out these articles:
Lab Experiments to Simulations: Once we familiarize ourselves with theory, the only thing yet to do be done is practice. In a classroom, for practice session you would need an apparatus for each and every participant; not only is it expensive but also occupies a lot of real estate. In eLearning, you can make use of computer based simulations and create a virtual setting with a real experience. For instance, to explain how to use GPS in a car, for a classroom teaching you would actually require a car to teach while in eLearning all you need to do is create a real life setting in a simulation. Take a look below and see how you can do this.
Field Trips to Virtual Tours: Field trips are an exciting form of learning where you go out explore. Such a form of learning is usually restricted to a small group of people and factors such as distance, cost and time play a bigger role than learning itself. In eLearning, you can have virtual tour of a specific area by an interactivity such as click on a building to know what works occurs there. This not only addresses your time and cost constraints, but also adds an extra level of interactivity to your course. Such as instance can been seen below where an explore and learn approach was used for new employee orientation.
With such easy approaches, you will find that converting classroom teaching aids to eLearning is not only simple but cost effective. If you know more ways to transform classroom aids to eLearning then please do let us know.