A decade ago, I went to my first eLearning conference and I was convinced that I knew nothing—everything I had ever know about teaching/learning had to be tossed aside. However, at that first eLearning conference, I realized everything I already knew about teaching/learning methodologies was still true. I just now had a different set of tools to use to reach the learner.
Old Versus New
In the in-person classroom, I would arrive with my candies, toys, Legos, pins, and straws. I used techniques like large and small group discussions, dyads, triads, solo tasks, and guided reflections.
In the eLearning space, I am able to implement a different set of robust tools. In particular, I have a plethora of techniques that fall into the gamification toolbox. I have scenarios, stories, and role plays that I can still incorporate, but I execute them in different ways. eLearning, more importantly, is a far more efficient process. When you have a course that’s, for example, a day long, you can generally boil that down into a two to three hour self-directed experience—a focused experience where the learner is actually engaged in the learning. They can see themselves in the courses and in complete multiple practice opportunities.
Why Online Learning Is Superior
Online learning is far more effective than in-person training.
There may be a few situations where in-person learning environments are still required, but for the most part, people can and should be trained in an online environment today. It’s more available and accessible. When a learner needs access to such online learning content, it is readily available—not in a day, week, or month – but rather, right now.
When our We Love Learning team design online learning content, one of the central elements we evaluate are the learning objectives. Are they cognitive, physical, or affective domain objectives? These objectives will help guide our choices about what kinds of learning strategies we’re going to employ within the course build. Additionally, we have to examine who the learner is, what they already know, and what their current level of skills and knowledge is. Finally – what kind of device are they likely to use to consume their digital training. These answers to these questions inform our choice when it comes to designing and building the exactly right learning solution.
We Love Learning is a one-stop shop for learning solutions with an extended virtual team who’ve worked with us for many years including designers, developers, tech support, trainers, consultants, facilitators and coaches; and a rich community of Subject Matter Experts.
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