Benefits of e-learning and ways to make it work for YOU
You are taking a class and something comes up that you aren’t too sure about and you REALLY want to raise your hand but you don’t because you fear sounding like an fool and the last thing you want is for your peers to think that about you. Your palms are sweaty, you can’t focus, oh no did he just say pop quiz, what is going on, I wasn’t listening!
We have all had at least one of these moments in our lives and the worst part is we forget absolutely everything we learned in class. Who loses out, we do and that’s not right! The older we get, the harder it becomes to take classes, not only due to time and money but to the simple fact that we don’t want to fail.
My assistant recently got her First Aid/CPR certification. The minute the course started the instructor said that there would be an exam at the end of the course. What was her initial thought? Panic! “What! An exam…I haven’t written one of those in years! What if I fail!” She felt anxious for the whole two-day course because of this. Don’t worry she passed, we are in good hands
We want you to succeed!
The point is, how can we help professionals develop those career skills that they need to thrive within their industry and have them use what they learn on a daily basis? For starters let’s take away that stress of shame. Now let’s take away the pressure of ‘oh well you missed it, tough’.
This is the best part about e-learning – there is no classroom, there are no other peers, there is just you and the course. This helps to reduce stress and anxiety and lets the learner concentrate on the course material. If you need to go back and watch a lesson again, you can. If you don’t feel like you are ready to take the test, no problem, take the time you need. After all, is it about “evaluation” or is the true purpose of training actually “education”?
We have talked about the advantages of e-learning many times and how both, organizations and employees, can benefit. But how can we maximize our learning – especially now that we have removed the stress and shame from the picture, how can we make it work for you?
Here are some principals of brain learning for online training that will help you to get the most out it.
- The power of repetition
Once we learn something new, whether it be a new skill or technique, if we don’t put it to practice we will lose it. So, once you have completed an online course, try to incorporate what you have learned, at least once a day for six weeks – then see if it becomes natural!
- E-learning taps into as many senses as possible
When different senses are used during an online learning course, this helps to keep the learner’s attention, in turn the information is stored in the brain better. That is why you will notice a lot of our e-learning courses have lots of images and videos.
- Build on existing knowledge
Select courses that are right for you – that will help you gain new insight into a skill or technique that you have an interest in. If you don’t have a computer science background, you wouldn’t take a course in coding, would you? I mean you could, don’t get me wrong, but you wouldn’t be able to put it to daily use and you wouldn’t be building on existing knowledge, making it twice as hard to follow and risking the chance of losing everything you’ve learned.
- Short frequent exercises
Have you ever tried to read a book in front of the TV? Do you find yourself reading the same page over and over again? Our brain tends to focus more on moving images and even though you will go back to your book in a couple of minutes, you will notice your attention will wander again. Information is coded into our brains in chunks, which helps with retention. When you are learning at your own pace, if you notice your mind wandering, it is easy to stop and then go back when you are ready. You wont miss anything and this way you are more likely to retain what you are learning!
- Prevent stress and anxiety
How much stress can the brain handle? When things get tough a normal reaction for some people is to shut down. If you are in a learning environment where you often feel stress and/or anxiety, it makes you uncomfortable and most likely it will be all that you can think about. With e-learning you can get up and walk away from the course and revisit when you are ready.
Source: E-Learning Infographics