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In : elearning Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 13 Feb 2018

Company training programs are widely supported by eLearning already because of the cost-effectiveness of use and ease of access to the knowledge being taught. It doesn’t require a specific “teacher” in the same way educational institutions do because the work-based curriculum lends to asking questions of colleagues and line managers who have already completed the program themselves. However, a key issue when switching from classroom training to e-Learning is that quality standards can lower and workers fall through the gaps because there is no formalized structure in place.

Here, we’ll explore how to convert classroom training to eLearning without these downsides, as well as how embedded eLearning can create competent students who love the new dynamic and  whose development can thrive like this.

Understanding The Human Element

There is a vast difference when converting instructor-led training to eLearning when it comes to digital content. With an assisted slideshow for example, an instructor can make comments, additional points and elaborate on what is showing on screen. However, when presented digitally, the same content doesn’t have the same enthusiasm or delivery that can make it engaging (and in some cases, can even be confusing.)

Instead, understand that there is a difference between a student reading and interpreting by themselves and an instructor telling them how to perceive it, so you’ll need to adjust your content by:

  • Knowing the point – what are you actually trying to get across and can it be misconstrued if read on screen?
  • Get organised – Think chronologically. It’s very difficult to link two theories or pieces of related information together if they are in different sections or modules. Figure out the best way to show linking information and the way you can present this to students to make it clear. For example, you could organise according to importance, educational categories, grouping similar topics together or even in a step-by-step guide according to your needs.
  • Use different mediums – Read, research, write, repeat. It can get boring, no matter how interesting the subject matter. Instead, look at ways to incorporate different mediums into your courses: from videos and even printable handouts, to online discussions or forums.

Make It More Engaging

You’ll lose one vital aspect when switching from classroom training to e-Learning and that’s the instructors’ capabilities to adapt on the go to re-engage a group’s attention. This is something that needs to be considered early on by doing things such as;

  • Adding games. Gamification is an excellent way to boost online learning, particularly when trying to understand difficult problems because they can be made easier to understand, make the content more enticing and appeal to most learners’ competitive natures.
  • Visuals. From interactive videos to infographics, visuals allow students to picture something in their head and make it easier to remember. This also avoids the likelihood that someone will misunderstand or perceive subjects differently, so even a few diagrams can be more helpful than nothing.
  • Audio. Don’t be afraid to add narration. Just because you aren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t walk them through it anyway and this allows them to stop and start at their own pace to make notes.

The key point to note when making this e-Learning leap is to ensure that you’ve considered the differences with engagement, delivery and organisation when using an eLearning platform over classroom-led formats. That way you get the benefits of both worlds without a drop in quality or employee performance.

In : elearning Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 13 Feb 2018

LMS systems for education aim to facilitate analytics which allow educators to deliver tailored training courses that have tracking and reporting for individual students. This allows a better picture of overall performance and easily highlights areas that are lacking, making it easily adaptable. These elearning solutions are becoming the norm with rising technology and students reacting well to flexible learning timetables, mediums and curriculums.

A recent report by Global Market Insights on eLearning software indicates a steady 15% annual growth in the eLearning market until 2024

As a market already worth over £150 billion annually worldwide, it will be interesting to see the leaps it makes during the next decade. Here, we’ll explore some of the factors influencing this growth and why it has a steady projected  rise.

Technical Innovation

The ability to integrate a variety of facilities into the teaching software is partly responsible for increasing popularity because it means educators have a one-stop-shop for everything they need to do. Platforms can handle; reporting, analytics, teaching, education games, online tutorials, quizzes and add so much more meaning that the resources and stability can help sustain  for learning.  These things were less technologically possible in the past.

Student Preferences

Particularly in Higher Education institutions, students like to learn at their own pace, allowing for greater flexibility and depth of understanding. Although learners still prefer a blended offering that includes some physical learning, an online presence allows for greater support and understanding for students to work at their own pace. It therefore makes sense that more learning institutions are incorporating LMS systems for their students as time goes on, particularly those that the students themselves pay for.

Teacher Opinions

In the past, teachers have expressed concern that eLearning is out to replace them. This has been proven not to be the case as the human component of great teaching needs to remain in order to help and support students. Having been proven invaluable, teachers are realising that LMS environment are tools which can benefit them as much as their learners and are therefore becoming increasingly likely to use them.

On the other hand, teachers on the whole disapprove of third-party involvement of many vendors for an eLearning curriculum, so this is a dynamic that still has the kinks to be worked out. This should happen in the coming years as LMS’ become more widely used and therefore stricter operational guidelines are put in place as the norm.

Tracking Capabilities

Students require different things for learning and outdated teaching methods that rely solely on exams could be missing the big picture with some students. [great!] It’s not an accurate measure of capability and seminars or lecture learning are just as hard to track. With ongoing data and analytics through an online system, LMS’ offer real value in understanding student behaviour and more accurate predictions for grades and overall performance.

From a business point of view, LMS’ offer a better way to ensure educational institutions are meeting their targets and offer accountability to their educational claims. Many administrators embrace these platforms because it allows them to show how innovative they are and prove their worth to potential students and other stakeholders.

Improved Accessibility

The obvious reason here is the improved accessibility for distanced learning learners or those with limited resources to attend an actual Higher Education institution. For example, those in nations with limited education systems such as (not a nation) Ethiopia, eLearning is the only way for those to gain access to education as they had fewer than 2 institutions for some advanced studies, only 3 years ago. Improving education standards globally offers much greater potential to students who would otherwise be without a formal education.

Ultimately it is an incredibly exciting time for eLearning and we look forward to demand continuing to grow to increasingly integrate the use of LMS’ in our educational institutions.