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Effective Training Medium: What’s Best for Different Types of Learners?

Joanne Peralta April 29, 2016 Comments Off on Effective Training Medium: What’s Best for Different Types of Learners?

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We all know that people learn differently. Some people learn better by reading or writing, by listening (auditory learners), or by doing activities (kinesthetic learners). Others need visual cues to learn best. In order to address all learning needs, many businesses are seeking flexible training programs for different types of learners. Let’s take a closer look at some of the training options to find out which one is ideal for you:

Web Seminar Training

A web seminar (or webinar) is a versatile platform that combines audio and visual elements for better interaction. With the right tools, trainers may share documents and applications to set objectives and measure the learning progress.

  • How it Works: It uses a video conferencing software that allows users to participate from their homes, from the office, or anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. Participants who have registered and confirmed their attendance will receive a link that leads to the webinar session.
  • Pros: Inexpensive training method suitable for large or small groups. Webinars are slowly gaining traction because of its interactive training features.
  • Ideal for: Best for visual and auditory learners. May also offer some appeal to learners who learn best by reading.
  • What to Expect: When conducting live webinars, presenters can receive instant feedback from participants by offering a question-and-answer session at the end of the seminar. So expect learners to become more engaged in the training process.

Computer-Based Training

Technology has paved the way for more training options that are computer-based in nature. Depending on the available features, this type of training may use simple text, multimedia components, and even virtual reality to teach specific skills, explain principles or reinforce knowledge.

  • How it Works: This type of training uses a combination of audio-visual instruction methods to relay information to trainees. One major advantage of computer-based learning is its flexibility to accommodate videos, CDs, and other multimedia formats. Because of its video capabilities, trainees are also given the opportunity to watch the training again and again—pausing in key places to absorb the information. They can do this as many times as are necessary.
  • Pros: This type of training is highly cost-effective and convenient. It can be used to train large or small groups of students as needed.
  • Ideal for: Visual and auditory learners alike. May appeal to tech-savvy professionals as well.
  • What to Expect: To maximize this form of training, learners must a have basic knowledge of computer operations. Expect most computer-assisted courses to be delivered via a software product or application.

Online/eLearning

The internet has opened a wealth of opportunities for students around the world to learn through online instruction.

  • How it Works: These courses are delivered using the internet. Many eLearning modules integrate various training features to engage and educate students—including videos, animations, games, and multimedia instruction.
  • Pros: Works with any schedule. Allows students to set the pace of their learning.
  • Ideal for: Students who are comfortable with multiple training methods—visual, auditory, and reading styles.
  • What to Expect: Online training programs are often associated with learning management systems—which allow both trainers and trainees to track progress and development more easily. Expect training modules to be standardized (because all trainees use the same eLearning program).

Instructor-Led Classroom Training

This is the most traditional type of learning—where an instructor takes advantage of lectures, discussions, and even hands-on training.

  • How it Works: Instructors conduct lectures and lead discussions to provide specific training in a classroom environment.
  • Pros: Face-to-face training. Students can ask questions and solicit feedback immediately.
  • Ideal for: Students who learn best by reading text materials and hearing lectures.
  • What to Expect: Instructor-led training is often more expensive than non-traditional learning options. Despite the commonly associated costs, expect highly interactive discussions in a classroom setup.

Are you seeking effective training methods for your employees? 360training.com can help. Contact us today to learn more about our business skills and personal development training courses.

Sources:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/most-effective-training-techniques-tahir-nadeem

http://work.chron.com/different-methods-training-employees-6641.html

http://www.johnpapa.net/modern-learning-mediums/

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