In the last post, we discussed how to overcome the PPT phobia. Today, we shall clear the mist from the next myth.
Myth 2: E-learning is a waste! Books are better, when it comes to learning.
From a trainer’s point of view, this can prove to be a nightmare. Comparing e-learning to books, is like comparing apples to oranges. These two groups are practically different. Books provide a knowledge base, where the learner gains knowledge. They may have a summary and a set of questions in the end to test the learning.
A good e-learning, provides a learning environment to apply the knowledge. E-learning is like combining knowledge of a book with an environment, where the learners may see themselves in the roles they are expected to perform.
|A book can…||An e-learning module can…|
|Give knowledge and information||Create real life experience basis the knowledge and information|
|Make sure that the learner knows the information||Make sure that the learner can use the information|
|Can tell what the learner needs to know||Can tell what the learner needs to do|
|Make the learner go through various examples
||Make the learner act themselves through various scenarios|
Let us take an example to understand this. MDCC Bank is conducting an induction program for its new recruits. During the induction, the trainees are given a file with all the necessary information related to the company, customer service, financials etc. They are asked to learn all the information. Once done, they need to get some hands-on experience before they can start performing. This needs time and effort, and there is a cost attached to it.
The question is, can we reduce this cost?
Can the learner be given role-oriented training, so that they can perform from day one?
Yes! This is where e-learning steps in. First the learners are given small snippets of information, then real-life scenarios, basis those information snippets. Here the learner will have to perform as per his/her role. Role specific Instruction Strategy is the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of a good e-learning.
This helps learners act as if they are solving a real-life situation. Once the course is complete, they may start performing from day one, on the job!
So! Do you still think it is fair to compare a book to an e-learning?
In the next posts, we shall check the following myths:
Myth 3: Just put the content with some relevant pictures, and my job is done.
Myth 4: Engaging the user means a self check with some options. That’s it!
Myth 5: No need to waste time on summary screens. Just put some snapshots and mind-maps.