It was the first day of my very first job as a trainee Instructional Designer, I had no idea what to expect or what was expected from me. I was tense, scared out of my wits, but then I took a deep breath and went ahead to face my fears. Little did I know that there was something called training with companies, used on clueless people like me, so that I know well before hand what my duties are and what is expected of me.
In the first week, I had to learn all about instructional designing and educate my self on the basics of my job and the dos and don’ts. Through my course and journey of initial training, I have realized that training is never ending. We constantly need to learn and I have jotted down a few things I have learnt about training and role of E-Learning.
Training is the field concerned with the organizational activity aimed at the performances of individuals and groups, in an organization. It is an educational process of developing skills. A trainer has to understand the pros and cons of any training and the backgrounds of employees; and only then decide courses for the employees. Effective training conveys an applicable and advantageous information to develop skills in an employee, which can then be transferred back to the workplace.There are different methods of training. Let’s have a brief look at them.
Classroom Training or Instructor-led-Training: This type of training is instructor centered training. It is dynamic and soft skills are always paramount. It also has a disadvantage of inconsistent content.
On-the-Job Training: This is an effective type of training, because here the learner is trained, and experiences real life situations. The type of training has no uniformity of training quality or subjects covered.
Blended Learning: This training is a combination of e-learning and instructor-led-training. This type of training is faster and provides an instant feedback.
E-Learning: This training refers to the use of electronic media, for the purpose of education. ELearning is inclusive of computer-based instruction, computer-based learning and internet-based training with collaboration. It includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation including technology applications.
ELearning can occur in or out of the classrooms and is a self-paced learning process. Many organizations and institutions are using e-learning, because it is effective and the costs are low. ELearning reaches a wider targeted audience, as compared to the classroom training. All eLearning courses are designed to develop the cognitive skills; the skill development in the cognitive domains is the most useful outcome of eLearning. This is because the learners learn “by doing”.
Features of E-Learning
E-Learning enhances the process of learning. Let’s see some of the characteristics of eLearning:
- Learner-centric content: The content is relevant to the trainees’ need, skills, knowledge and information.
- Granularity: The E-Learning content is segmented, to enable the assimilation of new knowledge and allows the flexibility of timing to learn.
- Engaging content: The instructional methods and techniques are used creatively to develop an interesting and motivating learning process.
The last mentioned is the most vital quality of eLearning, sustaining the involvement of learner effectively and promotes learning.
I now can say that eLearning is a self-paced learning process and allows the organizations to train in a large number of individuals. Have you implemented eLearning in your organization, if so what are the other advantages you have experienced with eLearning? Do share with us.