Whether, it is on-the-job training or class-based training in an academic environment, the process itself is ongoing and needs continuous reinforcement for better retention. In recent years, the process of training has evolved through dynamic changes and unlike our predecessors, the traditional class-based procedure is no more the preferred approach of learning. Being tech-savvy, the next generation learners are exposed to various kinds of advanced technology solutions that can streamline the learning process thereby offering an enhanced learning experience to students.
Considering all these aspects, experts in the Learning and Development industry have invested a lot of effort and time to chalk out ideal methods of learning. Depending on the specific requirements of learners, it is necessary to strategize the ideal solution that will blend classroom training with technology.
Introduction of Blended Training
In today's learning scenario, classroom training is considered as the most critical aspect of a training solution. As a result, technology-enabled learning such as eLearning, is gaining momentum. The process makes all information required for the training process available online, which can be accessed from any location, 24x7. The availability of information always ensures reinforcement of learning, thereby making it even more engaging. Over the past few years, traditional classrooms have been customized for a blended learning experience by setting up computer labs, installing broadband connections, using virtual classrooms, and so on.
Increased Use of Mobile Learning Solutions
The next generation learners are well acquainted with Smartphones, such as Blackberry, iPhones, iPads, and so on. They prefer accessing information through mobiles when on the go. In order to keep pace with the fast and dynamic lifestyle of learners, trainers are incorporating mobile learning solutions. Nowadays, mobile learning is extensively used to enrich the classroom experience of learning.
Emphasis on Hands-On Learning
Today, learners are essentially interested in a hands-on activities or experimental learning instead of merely going through text-based study material. In order to strengthen this process of learning, trainers can use various methodologies, such as case studies, group studies, playing business games and simulations. The process not only helps in retaining information for longer, but at the same time gives learners a real-life experience, which they can apply later in a practical field for better results.
Use of Byte-Sized Learning Modules
For a technology-based training solution, forming byte-sized learning modules is extremely important. With various time constraints and other limitations, it is hardly possible for learners to invest time in long protracted study material. Byte-sized learning modules are small learning nuggets that are effectively customized as per requirements.
Collaborative Learning gaining importance
Technology-based learning has also encouraged the growth of collaborative aspects in the training process. Social networking has introduced interactive communication between learners; a preferred mode of training instead of learning in isolation. Web 2.0 technologies (wikis, blogs etc.) have all the more facilitated this trend of social learning. Thus retaining information and expanding knowledge base becomes fun and interesting.
New methods of delivering training are emerging at a rapid pace. According to experts, technology-based learning will be the ruling trend in the training scenario in the recent future.