Traditional learning and corporate training has always revolved around gathering students together, in one space, and talking at them before quizzing them to see how much information was absorbed. The rise of Electronic Learning, or eLearning, broke down some of those boundaries: it helped make learning more interactive and also allowed learners to learn off-site in remote locations. However, eLearning has advanced in recent years to the point where, thanks to the rise of the smartphone and almost total, market saturation, we now have mobile learning at the forefront of the field. So what should you look for in an Electronic Learning System?
What is an Electronic Learning System?
An Electronic Learning System is a framework for learning that’s based upon computers. It encompasses software called an authoring tool which creates lessons and courses and software called a Learning Management System (LMS) which distributes them. A traditional classroom setting is not required. Electronic learning systems are used for eLearning and company training due to their prowess at distributing content to multiple workers spread over many sites.
What makes the best Electronic Learning System?
Microlearning is where you teach and learn using easy-to-remember, bite-sized chunks of information. Few people can absorb a torrent of information in a single course or lesson but breaking it down into smaller parts is clinically proven to make it absorbed more efficiently. This makes microlearning much more effective than traditional training and you should ensure that it’s a major part of any electronic learning system that you use for corporate training, retail training, or simply general learning of any kind.
2. Mobile first learning
Just about everybody in the developed world has a smartphone nowadays – especially those in a business environment. By allowing learners to use their own smartphone, they can perform lessons and training courses at their own convenience, wherever they are in the world!
3. Cloud based
Few places in the world have a broadband infrastructure that allows an organisation to send large courseware files to scores of individuals. Doing so would also mean that updating information and version control becomes very hard to manage. However, if your electronic learning system is based in the cloud, you can quickly-and-easily update courses or lessons whenever you want and all of your learners will instantly have access to the new information.
4. Electronic Learning System Templates
Despite all of the conveniences of eLearning, it’s still easy to get bogged down in answering myriad multiple choice or true-or-false questions. A good electronic learning system will have a variety of templates for you to choose from. That way you can have learners answering the same style of questions in completely different ways. You could use scratch-to-reveal questions, word searches, swipe-right lessons and more. This way you can add an element of to each microlesson and keep your learners engaged.
5. Gamification and prizes
Even the best learners can get cynical and apathetic when it comes to doing the latest etraining. So why not add some incentives and a level of competition? A good electronic learning system will have the option to award points for correct answers and also be able to time answers. This way, you can offer prizes for the best performers. The level of competition makes learning almost subliminal and not the chore it’s frequently been regarded as.
What’s the best electronic learning system?
If all of the above resonates and you’ve got to train a large, disparate group or workforce in the latest practices and policies of your organisation, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here or in the box below.