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Case studies and role-playing for effective online delivery
As you move in-person training programs to online delivery, a key challenge will be the design of learning activities that promote problem solving and critical thinking, two key aspect for optimal learning.
Two effective eLearning design strategies to strengthen your eLearning approach are case studies and role playing simulations.
Naysayers frequently question the effectiveness of online learning, citing the fact that there isn't any active learning involved, that education should be a social activity, or that eLearning boring. And you know what? They're right...Most online learning that people have used fits each of the complaints above.
Many people look at online education from the perspective of content to be read, seen or heard online in an individual learner setting.
Thankfully for the social learners out there, technology has advanced to allow us to include interactive face-to-face learning within an online model. Think of webinars, Skype, Google hangout type sessions.
“It’s ok”, you say. “It’s only one small group”. But remember it was only one cigarette, which turned into a pack, which turned into a detrimental habit. The same goes for your training.
Traditional training models compact a curriculum of information and activities (hopefully!) into a prescribed amount of time, often with an ambitious agenda that leaves little time for individualized attention to participants.
E-learning and technology put more control in the learner’s hands. It avoids the authoritarian approach to learning a strict set of guidelines in a rigid time period.
As you consider the investment to transform existing content into an online or blended format that combines person-to-person and online, it is important to first understand the true costs of the current model you operate with.
So, why the heck is Spring the worst season for sport? For all the reasons listed...
If I gave you $100, would you choose to throw it away? If I could give you an extra four hours to do whatever you want, would you turn it down? If I gave you a task and told you that there is an easy way and a hard way, would you choose the more difficult?
It seems that when something new comes along, people are scared off by the thought of change – even when the change makes sense. This post was written to answer questions we frequently get from those who are considering using online training to make a positive change in their training programs.