The opportunity for eLearning flourished in the early 21st century. Since then, state of the art learning management systems have been developed to simulate online learning environments for the workplace.
While exciting to users and learners, some trainers seem skeptical about teaching with technology. The nontraditional style of career training, certification programs and other necessary career development requires new teaching strategies. In addition to adopting the technology, educators must learn how to combine their talents and organizational abilities to create a beneficial eLearning environment.
The talented trainers can be most effective when he or she follows these helpful habits of other teachers in online learning settings:
- Timely Feedback
There are a number of reasons why casual messages and general emails go unanswered; however, as a trainer, it is hard to justify delaying a response to a student’s query. Utilizing an LMS that facilitates direct communication is useful. It ensures you will receive and respond to student messages as your virtual office hours allow.
- Facilitate Discussion
Real-time discussions are a great way to grasp whether or not your learners understand the material and can apply appropriately. With online communication using video tools, live chat and social learning technology allows the educators to engage learners and have them interact with one another.
- Knowledge Management
An effective LMS not only hosts online content, it can serve as a knowledge management system, making archived and relevant information accessible. If an educator is able to direct learners to other resources on the LMS, the learning process and user generated knowledge can be connected to the content to help other learner from the community. This is also valuable for succession planning.
- Grow with an LMS
Not all eLearning software is equal. Use a learning management system that has the tools you will need to be successful and can be easily modified to grow with your needs. Also, try to avoid per user fees and bandwidth fees that with inhibit the adoption and usage of your learning program. Get everyone involved.
An online learning environment can thrive when a trainer uses an LMS to create organization, facilitate discussion, and communicate with learners. Applying these traditional training techniques to a virtual learning environment ensure you will create a beneficial eLearning experience.
Online training can seem complex when not using the right eLearning system. The social learning management TOPYX® is praised for its many features that make training easy.
Consider requesting a TOPYX demo and gain a better understanding how a learning management system can be easily incorporated into your training process to deliver better results.
Using the right tools is an essential part of a successful eLearning process. Coupled with this is the importance of having the right learning management system. By embracing new technology to facilitate learning within your organization will help you achieve your goals.
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