It’s Elearning (f)Ebruary! This blog will focus on 5 tips on transitioning theory and learner knowledge into practice. At VMP eLearning, our job isn’t just to design beautiful eLearning courses, although we do that very well. Our job is to develop digital learning courses that are informative in ways that can be used in real-world situations. Recently we’ve worked with Emergency Response clients who emphasised their need for this transitional learning. So, here are five tips from us that utilise your learners time and experience through eLearning to the maximum capacity.
Tip number 1: Learning in real-world context
Many of our digital learning courses are focused on giving learners real-world skills, not just pumping them full of information. So it comes as no surprise that to learn real-world skills, it’s best to learn in real-world contexts. Learner’s knowledge can be transitioned into practice when they understand how the skills and information are relevant to their particular circumstance. Lead by example when developing eLearning and your message will stick.
Tip number 2: Variety
eLearning isn’t a student sitting in front of a computer and reading text. eLearning courses should be developed to challenge and engage learners in a variety of ways. Challenges at the end of chapters can test the learner’s information retention. Video presentations can walk through scenarios or difficult subjects, worksheets can be used to show real-world working and strategy and, our favourite, gamification can make eLearning a fun and highly engaging process. Everybody learns differently – if you can pinpoint what your learners are looking for in their training, we can tailor it to specific strategies. For a larger audience, VMP can create a variety of strategies for broader learning and information retention!
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Tip number 3: Divide and conquer
Dividing e-learning courses into topics that are smaller and easier to digest guarantees a higher rate of retention. If you’re faced with a 20-page document of solid text vs a 25-page document with headings and chapters, it’s no hard guess which you are going to pick. The same goes for eLearning: you can make it as engaging and fun as you like, but break information up into bite-sized pieces so your learners will retain specific topics rather than get lost in the mass.
Tip number 4: Make it a challenge
This ain’t no ice cream social! Don’t make eLearning boringly simple. When people have to engage themselves to problem solve, they retain information better and usually come out with a sense of pride in solving a difficult problem which fosters motivation. That’s not to say that we want to scare learners with difficult tasks and make them cry – you want your learners to identify which pieces of information they have learned, helping them solve the problem. This method is beneficial because it is how we process problems in the real world and encourages learners to assimilate information effectively.
Tip number 5: Practice makes perfect
Skills must be practised before they become habits. When fostering a specific skill set, make sure you include plenty of practice in your eLearning and repeat the most important skills to allow your learners to really immerse themselves in understanding. ELearning is an ideal and safe environment for this practice. Empower learners by allowing them to analyse their personal progress rather than a simple progress report. If your learners can monitor themselves in practice and learn how they learn, they can take charge of their strengths and weaknesses. This triples the benefit of eLearning for both the learner and the educator and carries skills confidently into real-world scenarios.
Stepping out of a learning environment and into a real-world scenario can be a daunting task for some. Follow these knowledge transfer strategies when designing your eLearning course and not only will you be able to offer your learners information, but show them how to benefit from, and apply it, in real-world scenarios.
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