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How to decide between virtual or classroom learning

In Development, Effectiveness, Instructional Design, Leadership, Learning, Performance Management, Strategy, Team, Training on April 28, 2016 at 6:07 am


Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016 identified that:

“… the ubiquity of always-connected mobile devices makes learning potentially available everywhere and accessible to everyone at any time. Employees can now take a course on nearly any subject online, search for an expert video or podcast to learn a quickly needed skill, and even earn a college degree in a new topic like data science without leaving their desk—or a couch or coffee shop. This new world of consumer-centric learning puts employees, not L&D departments, in charge.”

Indeed, one of the benefits of online and virtual learning is its cost effectiveness and ubiquitous presence. The fact that it allows for easy deployment, administrative tracking and consistent roll out of content to a mass group of learners, is certainly very tempting for organizations pressed to complete training on large scales. With online and virtual learning, induction and compliance training seem a breeze.

But what about how online and virtual learning effects a business’ return on investment? And how do online and virtual learning effect learning objectives and behavioral shifts?

To consider this, we first need to explore a few avenues.

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Good to great communication

In Branding, Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy on May 27, 2015 at 4:38 am


Have you ever thought about how the way we communicate can be aligned to the way we learn?

It occurred to me the other day when I was asked my thoughts on webinars.

And it got me thinking.

According to the VAK learning styles of visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners, I fall into the kinesthetic category. Perhaps a little visual. But mostly I learn by doing. I love jumping right into the heart of things and by trial and well, error. In fact, of the three styles, audio is not a preferred option for me. At all.

I can’t imagine sitting through a forty-five-minute webinar session, especially if not accompanied by visuals. In fact, I don’t even enjoy talk radio. Or talking on the phone, for that matter. It is not my preferred form of communication. Nor learning.

So I won’t function well in a webinar. It’s also no surprise that I don’t particularly sit well through lengthy teleconferences. Even though I have had to do so, they are a struggle for me. So to remain engaged and animated, I try to take notes.

But what does all this say about my communication preference and learning style? And what has that got to do with the person or persons communicating with me?

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Which style are you?

In Creative, Design, Instructional Design, Learning on June 20, 2013 at 6:24 am

Have you ever been at a workshop and been bored by the constant presentation of slide upon slide of how you should handle a particular situation, but when you’re thrown into a role-playing activity of that situation, suddenly you thrive? Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, instantly, you’re more engaged, and you remember things better.

Well, you might be a kinaesthetic learner.

You see, we all have different ways in which we learn. There are many different models for describing learning styles, but today, I’m going to touch on the VAK Learning Style, which is an acronym for Visual, Auditory, and Kinaesthetic.

Essentially visual learners learn through what they see; auditory from what they hear; and kinaesthetic from activity or doing something. While some people can make use of more than one learning style, most of us have a preference for one style.

Understanding your learning style can help you to learn and retain information more successfully. Likewise, as an Instructional Designer, understanding a learner’s learning style can also help us to better present new information for learning. However, with e-learning, this can sometimes be a challenge as often, there is no way to ascertain the type of learner sitting on the other side of the screen.

So when designing e-learning, it is important to consider different learning styles. By doing so, we increase the success of engaging the learner.

Let’s have a look at these learning styles in further detail.

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