Are you an e-learning newbie?
Electronic Learning –
learning via an electronic platform e.g. desktop computer, tablet, mobile.
A typical e-learning course might be an induction course for new staff members, where they learn about the company and their new role.
A lot of e-learning courses or modules are created for learners to complete in their spare time, or when they are not busy at the workplace. E-learning enables learners to take courses as and when it is convenient to them, and complete the courses at their own pace.
E-learning can incorporate video, audio, games and quizzes to help engage
and test learners.
Traditionally, e-learning has been used for desktop computers, but more recently has been adapted for multiple devices like tablets and smartphones. This enables learners to access the e-learning as and when they have spare time or whenever they need to refer to it, whether they are at their place of work, or taking an e-learning module in their spare time at home.
What is off the shelf e-learning?
Generally off the shelf e-learning courses apply to multiple businesses,
so it just a pre-existing course – like health and safety – but with
Custom e-learning is designed specifically for you. This means the content, the look and ideas are one of a kind and specific to your organisation. The process of creating e-learning tailored to your needs and your brand usually starts with iterative meetings where the e-learning provider (like Kiln) and the client discuss the needs of the company for the e-learning, the content and the strategy.
What are the perks of e-learning?
E-learning is cost effective, helps time management and lets learners take
the courses when it is convenient to them i.e. when they are most likely to
absorb the information, rather than a one-off classroom session.
E-learning courses can be retaken at any time if a learner needs to refresh their memory, and can be tailored to different levels of responsibility i.e. supervisors have additional modules to complete.
Custom e-learning has a more personal touch, making it more engaging for the learners as they learn about specifics of their company, their role and health and safety procedures.
Want to know more about different elements of learning technologies? See the
links below for further Kiln resources or contact us with your questions.
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- What skills does a Learning Designer need?
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- How do I create responsive e-learning? [Coming soon]
Rachel Wright is a freelance marketing consultant, copywriter and scriptwriter. With a strong background in the written word, marketing, and a degree in journalism, she has experience in writing across all mediums.
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