What is E-learning?
E-learning (occasionally described online learning) is a term used for the delivery of training/knowledge/education using technological based methods. This type of learning is often delivered via digital electronic means, e.g. by the use of a computer, or a smart phone. This type of learning is getting very popular and is an ideal method for the delivery of some Training courses. Universities, such as Trinity College Dublin, U.C.D. the University of Strathclyde, Solas and large growing number of organisations such as Liebherr, IOSH, the H.S.A. the Law society of Ireland and the CIF (Construction Industry Federation) deliver good quality courses via these methods.
The advantages of E-learning include the following –
- It saves time and money. Older training methods are both time consuming and costly to upgrade.
- It saves on travel costs, as you do not travel to the training course.
- Most classroom based training courses are only available during the working week. E-learning allows you to Learn outside of office hours at a place or pace that suits you. The learner can take the course 24hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. (learner must have access to the world wide web – internet).
- Everyone learns at a different rate. This can cause difficulties in classroom courses because the trainer goes either too fast or too slow. E-learning can be completed in the privacy of your own home, so there is no need to keep up with everyone else. You can keep repeating the course until you are 100% happy that you understand the learning outcomes.
- Feedback from people who have completed these courses are very positive. Most remark that is a fantastic means of learning, and unlike traditional classroom training is very cost and time efficient.
- Courses can be tailor made for different employers and these courses can be updated when required. It is easy to update these courses, and this is essential in in this fast changing world.
- E-learning is sometimes used to provide foundation learning in advance of live training.
- It can be used to complement inhouse training.
What is M-learning?
M-learning or mobile learning is a popular method used to provide training including refresher training to train employees in the modern workplace. There is a feasible and growing reliance among the modern workforce to use mobile devices to carry out research, access e-mails, and these devices provide an ideal method to attend some training courses. Its uses has been helped with the following changes –
- The growth of cloud computing and cloud based data storage.
- The increased data transmission speeds make mobile devices ideal for the delivery of audio and video based training courses.
The use of m-learning when combined with blended learning, or instructor led training is a remarkable opportunity for learners to take part in mandatory training, to refresh their knowledge of the latest health and safety requirements, and to learn new skills.
What is micro learning?
Microlearning, often called bite-sized learning, is a term used by organisations to provide formal and informal learning. It usually consists of a short, up to 5 minutes, focused learning module designed to meet a specific learning outcome. These modules are accessible on multiple devices and these learning modules make them ideal for just in time training.
What is blended learning?
Blended learning allows you to train your learners is lots of ways. It often involves the provision of top quality audio and video media and is often described as the best of both worlds. Blended learning is a term used to describe the learning available from a course which is made up of both an e-learning course and face to face training in a classroom setting. Traditional classrooms are also benefiting from technological changes and can now include both a physical training room or a virtual classroom. This type of training combines the muscle of both traditional and online learning methods.. If the learner encounters any problem, difficulties , Seamus O Sullivan Training can be contacted and Seamus will be delighted to clarify any issues. Certificates from both blended learning and face to face training are usually the same.
The success of any training module depends on the provision of the correct information in a suitable manner to the chosen audience. Modern Training methods such as m-learning, e-learning and blended learning rely on having a suitable qualified and competent trainer who is fully up-to date with training methods and who is a subject matter expert.
Virtual Reality (VT)
VT s a digital based location that simulates a realistic location.
Augmented Reality (AR)
AR is getting popular in some training environments, as it deals with the real environment augmented by a digital creation.