Your Personal eLearning Trainer

Have you ever taken an exercise class? If  so, you know that you are thrown right into the mix. Participants awkwardly mimic their trainer’s actions until some semblance of coordination is achieved. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself slipping seamlessly into a Zumba routine at your next social outing when that familiar song is played. So why then are eLearning courses packed with an abundance of content and little action? Even the most educated of individuals will lack confidence when applying their skills for the first time. Technology-based training courses should do more than spout out information; they should prepare students and employees for real world interactions.

Rethinking the eLearning Approach

Traditionally, eLearning platforms follow a tried and tested formula: Present the leaner with instructional information in the form of text, imagery, or multimedia and wrap things up with a quiz or assessment. Now think back to your exercise class. You did not undergo an introduction to dance theory did you? You were immediately presented with the challenge. Why can’t eLearning follow this same tactic? Present the learner with a realistic challenge, and then ask them to find the resolution. This reverse approach accomplishes many things:

  1. The trainee is immediately engaged.  Attention and interest will not dwindle and fade when at first presented with a challenge. The pursuit of information then has a purpose as the trainee seeks to find the data they need to arrive at a resolution.
  2. eLearning content is kept focused. One of the common pitfalls of technology-based training is the presentation of too much information. By basing course content around specific scenarios and actions that mirror the actual working environment, instructional information is built around the eLearning platform’s true and intended purpose.
  3. A more confident and capable employee. Once an individual enters the workforce, they are not presented with a multiple choice quiz, they are asked to perform under specific pressures. By mimicking scenarios and tasks that may appear in the actual working environment, trainees are better prepared to tackle similar challenges.

In summary, it’s like learning a new aerobics routine. At first, you hide in the back row  hoping not to be seen, but in time, you’ll find yourself front and center, shaking it like a pro. Action/scenario based eLearning works in much the same way. Trainees have the security of a simulated environment and access to relevant and valuable information. It is here that confidence is gained to result in a strong and capable employee that excels  in the spotlight.

Contact DDA VMS and ask us about our action-centric approach to eLearning development.

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