The shift: Classroom Training to eLearning
- July 12, 2017
- Posted by: Rohit Negi
- Category: Collaboration, E-learning, Mobile Learning, social learning, Totara Learn
The shift from classroom training to eLearning can’t be ignored. eLearning has evolved from just a alternate teaching method to a necessity in learning & training processes. WIth advancement in technology, people’s desire and need to learn at their own speed and at their own time is being sufficed via virtual learning environments. Although it’s time to transform or shift to online learning completely, one cannot argue on its benefits, being leveraged all over the world to support classroom training.
Where designing an online course is as close to planning a traditional course, online courses are being preferred more by the teachers as well. With a lot of differences between these two modes of teaching, there are some attributes that both have in common.
With emerging technology and advancements, the realm of education is also changing. Technology is being used in multiple forms to enable people and educate them.
eLearning is one such concept wherein people are encouraged to either learn new skills, refine behaviour or support one’s workplace performance. And an online learning environment or a learning management system is all what you need to begin with.
An LMS not only costs cheaper than traditional training processes but also saves time of both trainers and learners. Recent studies conducted by educators have proved that people themselves rely on internet rather than physical resources to learn so why ignore this movement and the need of the hour. It is important that people are served with information and motivated to collaborate in an environment, which is restricted to formal education but not to ways of learning.
It doesn’t matter if an individual prefers self-paced learning or instructor-led, an LMS can take care of it all, while recommending related content and keeping him aware of his progress. That’s what happens in classrooms right? So, why stick to slow & unorganised processes, when the same can be refined with just a flavour of eLearning.
With classroom training
The best training process is always a blended one with equal shares of classroom sessions and online support. Following are some of the areas where both can work seamlessly and efficiently enhance learner engagement:
- Public sessions: Conducting public sessions has always been a hassle. Identifying the interest of people, marking the presence of people, seat availability, speakers’ availability and equipment management are some of the key problems that are faced by administration with each session. With the use of an online conferencing tool, all of this can be easily managed and performed with ease. With the linking between people’s mobile calendar, one will never forget about the upcoming sessions as well.
- Learning Hours: Learning is an ever-going activity that one undergoes intentionally/unintentionally. Limiting the time to learn, with classroom sessions, is never a good strategy and one must always try to engage as many people as possible with learning materials. Making all the content, be it texts, videos, audios, etc., online will help people decide the adequate time and pace to learn. This is return will also keep people motivated towards learning.
- Personalization: A classroom session is mostly inclusive of a well-planned and static curriculum; this always ignores a very critical point of a learning process i.e, personalization. With a virtual learning environment, a lot of content can be made available to people and people can choose the flow of learning and even the content that they would like to access. With this approach, people can filter out the content that they have already read or know.
- Flexibility: Classroom training is mainly trainer-focused wherein everything is decided by the instructors and learners just have to follow them. Aligning with diverse pedagogical principles and learning strategies, an online learning environment can mould itself as trainer-focused or learner-focused. With the learner-focused approach, people feel more responsible and are more likely to develop research skills.
- Interaction: Each learning process comprises of an extensive interaction channel, wherein people interact with each other, with trainers and sometimes with the support team. But again, due to time constraint, collaboration and social learning have always been a problem in classroom training. Through giving all the stakeholders a common place and some communication channels, like-chat boxes, messaging system, Mailbox, etc., people are not bound to interact in person.
The shift from classroom training to eLearning is clearly visible as studies, conducted by Towards Maturity, showed that mobile learning increases engagement of millennial learners by 71%. Some other reports demonstrated that 70% of people agree that eLearning has positive impact on their performance. Also, it is not a hidden fact that approximately 81% of smartphone users download almost half of the applications for learning needs.
This shift from classroom training to eLearning can be viewed like a transformation of education domain, wherein people’s preferences and needs are being prioritized and classroom training is being supplemented with the best of available technologies. However, change doesn’t take place overnight, it includes a series of shifts first.
With Totara Learn
Many of the LMSs fail in supporting classroom training as they mostly focus on pedagogy and beautification. Totara Learn has been developed progressively, keeping in mind the needs and demands related to education technology. Totara Learn is one of the most feature-rich platforms available globally, with focus on decreasing the manual efforts of trainers & administrative team, while offering crisp learning insights. Some of the features that are known to adequately supplement classroom training are:
- Seminar Management
- Attendance Tracking
- Dynamic Group Definition
- Extensive pool of third-party extensions/plugins, including virtual conferencing tools
- Exportable calendar
- Easy navigation & ease of access
- Social/collaboration modules
Apart from all these, Totara Learn is capable of tracking progress of the learners to give our necessary insights. These insights can be around administration tasks, user experience, user performance, curriculum, or content.
Utilizing best of Totara Learn’s features and third-party extensions, Edvanta’s team of experts has been able to cover almost all the aspects on a classroom training session. These aspects include on-boarding process, content management, social learning, analytics, mobile learning, reporting and enhancing student performance.
Edvanta conducts a workshop with universities and corporates to identify the gaps in their eLearning initiatives and come up with a tailored solution. This solution revolves around both academic and non-academic element of any training/learning session.