Whether you’re spending New Year’s Day doing penance in the gym or you’re more of a resolutions naysayer, there’s one thing we can all agree on: The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the previous 365 and apply those insights to the next 12 months. And eLearning is no exception to the rule of using last year’s triumphs (and failures) as a method to make the next year better than ever. Here are some of the key takeaways from 2015 that we’ll be applying to 2016.
Learners Need Time to Reflect
Even eLearning can be a case of too much of a good thing. When learners are fed fact after fact without time to absorb what they’ve seen and heard, the information may not fully make the transition from working memory to long-term memory. Instead, it’s the art of insight–giving learners the time and space they need to form opinions and reflect on the new information–that truly drives the absorption of new data.
By engaging with learners and making sure they have time to think and reflect, you create the ideal atmosphere for not just learning, but causing true “aha!” moments.
mLearning and ILT Make for Magical Moments
In 2015, we learned that there’s really not one perfect type of eLearning. Each delivery method might tick a few boxes, but rarely covers all the bases necessary for learners to truly experience, practice, and change their behavior according to new information. That’s why a blended approach of live, in-person training and super-accessible mLearning makes for both magical and memorable moments for eLearning.
Sure, one-on-one teaching is great for mentoring and discussion, but it’s not always accessible–and can be extremely time-consuming. And mLearning, while convenient and accessible, doesn’t offer learners the social interaction they crave. Combining the two can drive in-class discussion and social interaction, while still giving learners the mobile tools they need to keep a wealth of information right in their pockets.
Smarter Training Saves Money… and Time
Hey, eLearning isn’t an easy sell, especially when your organization has always relied on more traditional methods. But one of the key areas in which eLearning has a clear edge is when it comes to company resources.
Time and money both come at a premium, making eLearning a natural choice. After all, swapping a portion of live training for a more automated approach takes less time and saves precious resources. With the average firm with fewer than 500 employees spending, on average, over $1,800 per year per employee on training, every little bit helps. Making the switch to an eLearning approach funnels more resources back into the business by churning out employees that are more prepared, more motivated, and feel less taxed by overlong training.
Okay, so you might not stick to your resolution to eschew all sugar. Still, the ups and downs of 2015 can practically fail-proof your training resolutions for 2016. By applying what you know now with the fresh start of a new year, some key eLearning takeaways can make this one your best year ever.