Classroom learning is here to stay and so are virtual classrooms. While eLearning and online, self-paced courses are becoming increasingly common, they are not likely to completely replace instructor-led training (ILT) anywhere in the near future. This is not without reason. Instructor-led training carries several benefits. For one, it takes employees outside their workspace and lets them focus on the training at hand, in an interactive and social setting. Also, it makes sure all participants reach a certain level of proficiency within a certain time and instructor intervention can be a great way of remedying problems. Lastly, there are inherent values to human interaction and the chance to rehash learning with your colleagues.
What if we could take the best from both worlds though? What if we could get the personal aspects of ILT with the heightened levels of learning retention, microlearning engagement and potential for adaptive learning associated with eLearning? You actually can. Here’s how you do it.
ILT can be greatly enhanced by Next-gen microlearning engagement platforms. Specifically, you can use microlearning engagement to drive participation, better utilization of training time and higher learning retention. This doesn’t apply only to the actual Instructor-led session, but also to what happens before and after it.
- Before ILT – Providing self-paced learning items before the ILTsession to make sure all learners start the lesson with some existing knowledge.
- During ILT – Mixing instructor led training with e-learning elements such as quizzes, simulations and collaborative assignments.
- Post training – Providing learning reinforcement, repetition and retrieval practice and assessments
Bringing everyone to the same level of knowledge before the Instructor-led session starts is imperative for having productive, relevant and practical discussions in class. Flipped classroom is the practice of requiring class participants to undergo a self-paced learning session prior to ILT engagements. Using microlearning delivery tools and pre-class assessments we can provide learners with access to content, videos and quizzes that will make sure that they come to the classroom session ready to talk shop and get down to business. It will reduce the time required for introductory sessions and acquainting learners with topic specific definitions. Last, it will allow us to assess the level of proficiency of each learner and their ability to tackle complex learning issues beforehand so that we can prepare our lectures accordingly.
Next gen learning systems will normally include various sets of tools to support interactions during instruction led classes. These tools will help the instructor navigate the class session and monitor learners. During class, the instructor could conduct blended learning sending an interactive survey and quiz questions to learners, as he moves from one topic to another. This will both keep learners actively engaged (as opposed to passively listening) and allow the instructor to adapt the course for different students based on their success (e.g. offering more repetition for some while opening up advanced learning materials for others). Instructors can also grade students and send feedback from the system, creating moments of introspection for learners.
Next gen learning systems will also provide learners a visual representation of their progress and achievements. This will allow students to see how much of the required learning they have already completed, keep track of which topics they are struggling with and understand their position compared to their classmates so as to ask for support from colleagues when they need it.
Lastly, next gen systems can be used to make the ILT session more engaging and fun. Embedding gamification features such as points, badges, levels and narratives, can help spice things up, giving learners instant feedback on success and providing more of a reason to participate in class and stay attentive. With several of our clients here at Gameffective for example, in class training tasks are delivered within a Sim-City narrative where as learners complete more learning assignments and improve their knowledge, they unlock new buildings and gain virtual coins to buy property.
In any corporate learning engagement our goal is not to get employees to complete courses but to get them to be proficient and apply what they’ve learned at work. Next gen learning systems can be used to not only conduct certification tests at the end of class and keep record of who knows what, but also to keep learners continuously engaged with their training after the classroom session is finished. Engaging learners regularly with short repetitions and retrieval sessions or offering them access to their learning content on demand during their work, will make sure employees not only learn new information but recall and retain it in their moment of need.
eLearning technology has revolutionized the way corporate learning is conducted and engaged with. While online learning cannot replace instructor led classes completely, it can enhance and upgrade them to get better results. Next gen learning systems allow us to both spread out the learning process and engage student before and after the class session. Additionally, they can infuse the learning process with personalized learning tasks and data driven adaptations that will shorten training time and make it less academic and more practical. With today’s systems this practice does not even require class participants have access to a workstation. All these features can be accessed for both tutors and learners easily over their mobile phones.
Want to learn more about how you can supercharge ILT? Check out this webinar about How to Drive Effective Classroom Training with Microlearning Gamification or contact us today to schedule a free consultative session with one of our experts.