Jim is the training manager of a large accounting firm. He is in-charge of developing an online curriculum on the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SoX) to prevent accounting malpractices. How can Jim ensure that his digital courses are effective?
Bob is responsible for developing an eLearning course on the standards prescribed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). What does he need to do to see that his people learn the standards well?
Well, the two gentlemen can meet their needs very effectively by harnessing the power of Problem-based Learning (PBL). PBL is proving to be a very effective instructional methodology because of 3 reasons.
Reason 1: Problems help learners analyze efficiently
Well-designed scenarios and case-studies provoke critical thinking and this facilitates effective analyses of the problems presented with them. For example, Jim’s learners are presented with a case-study of an organization which has violated the provisions of SoX. This gives them an opportunity to analyze what went wrong with the firm and come up with solutions to prevent such violations in their organization.
Reason 2: Problems help assess learners very effectively
They help evaluate the knowledge of learners ‘in a real-life setting’. For instance, in the assessment of the module on standards related to occupational health and environmental control, Bob can present a scenario on noise exposure of workers in a manufacturing unit and frame questions on it. He can assess their knowledge based on theiranswers.
Reason 3: Problems ‘inject life’ into courses on boring subjects
A major reason why people skip compliance courses is that the subjects dealt in these courses are primarily concerned with statutes and regulatory provisions, which are considered to be ‘dry’ by most learners. Scenarios and case-studies can be used to deliver compliance training in an interesting manner. For instance, an avatar introduces a case-study on industrial safety in which animated characters are used to depict the violation of the prescribed procedures. I am sure you will agree with me that this method of presenting information is more effective than bland slides doling out the dos and don’ts.
We can improve the analytical skills of our learners, using PBL. This instructional methodology helps assess learners on their ability to apply the knowledge gained in their workplace and is ideal for imparting training on subjects considered not ‘interesting’. Hope you liked this blog. Do share your views.