eLearning’s success in the corporate training field can be attributed to its power to engage with 6 different learning styles. This article discusses what those learning styles are how to utilize eLearning to engage employees who retain information best using that particular learning style.
Corporate eLearning is swiftly growing as more and more organizations transition from traditional classroom training to corporate eLearning for their employee learning and development needs. But what is the reason behind corporate eLearning’s swift growth? A lot of things actually, if we get down to it, but most of all it is eLearning’s versatility, adaptability as well as its ability to cater to all known learning styles that make it the learning methodology of choice, not just for corporate training, but academic training as well.
What are Learning Styles, you ask? Let us understand. It’s a fact proven by scientific studies that each individual learns differently. Some people learn better when instructions are provided verbally to them, some by watching others do something, some by reading instructions, some through images and pictures, some on their own in seclusion, while others learn better in groups. A person’s learning style, thus, can be defined as the way they absorb, process, understand and retain information. Every person is different, and eLearning is considered an advanced learning methodology because it covers all of these learning styles. In this article, we’ll learn about these learning styles, while understanding how eLearning helps individuals with different learning styles acquire knowledge.
Visual learners are those individuals that are able to better process and understand information presented to them in conjunction with images and videos. Thus, corporate eLearning modules for such learners should be optimized to include plenty of colorful visual stimuli. Make sure learners first see what they’re expected to learn, and keep verbal instructions to a minimum.
Auditory learners are those individuals that learn best when information is presented in audio cues. For example, they are comfortable with large pieces of information (such as lectures) as long as its recorded speech they can hear. For such learners, eLearning modules with voice-overs, as well as videos where an instructor delivers a lecture or presents information through speech work best. In case an organization uses a Blended Learning program, auditory learners respond better to traditional classroom training.
Verbal learners may sound similar to auditory learners but are not. Although verbal learners do learn better when information is presented in the form of speech, they also learn better when the information presented is textual or in writing. Such learners are also proficient in using written or spoken word to communicate, and learn better when they can communicate to and fro with their instructor or lecturer. The crux here is that verbal learners grasp ‘words’ better, and that is what an eLearning module designed for them should consist of. Blended Learning works wonders for such learners.
Logical learners are creatures of reason, and will grasp concepts better if presented with logic and if they can easily recognize patterns in them. They like to learn through reasoning, solving problems, and understanding the cause and effect relationships of phenomena. To make sure logical learners learn better, the eLearning module given to them must contain problems, graphs, equations, formulae as well as infographics, as they can wrap their heads around such forms of information with ease.
Social learners, as is evident from their name, learn best in groups. Although traditional classroom learning springs to mind, modern eLearning programs utilize features like social sharing, team-based eLearning modules as well as Blended Learning to cater to social learners. One-on-one sessions with trainers too, have been shown to help social learners learn better.
Solitary learners learn best when left to their own devices in seclusion. Such learners need to be provided with mobile eLearning modules that they can complete at any time, any place if maximum learning is desired. Freedom, peace and quiet is what such learners require the most, and thus dislike learning in groups. Their learning program needs to be largely mobile eLearning modules, coupled with one-on-one training sessions with an instructor or trainer to clarify doubts.
Corporate organizations are quickly realizing the fact that they need personalized, custom eLearning programs that can cater to each individual employee in their organization. eLearning is the future of learning, that much is clear. What remains to be seen is that which organizations capitalize on it and motor ahead, and which get left in the dust.