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Social Learning

Just as some people learn better by seeing things done while others learn better by doing things themselves, there are some men and women who feel more engaged and able to learn in social environments where they can interact with others. These are social learners, and for years, companies assumed e-learning systems were not an ideal solution when it came to social learning-based training. Just the words “social learning” seemed to imply the need for people to be in the same place, at the same time.

But it turns out that assumption was all wrong: In fact, workplace e-learning is an ideal solution for social learners. Why? Because an LMS allows you to integrate so many social platforms seamlessly, right in the LMS. Here's how:

Topics: Social Learning

Blended Learning

Did you ever wonder why some people are so good at learning specific skills or information, while you or someone else may not be? It's easy to think you're just “not good” at learning material; but actually, it's more likely the material is just not being presented in a way that makes it easy for you to understand. Decades of research has shown that people learn best in different ways, or styles, and most of us benefit most from a learning environment that uses multiple styles to increase engagement and understanding. You've probably experienced this yourself without even realizing it; that's because most tasks naturally use this blended process.

Even something as simple as baking a cake can use multiple learning “types” to get the best result: You watch a cooking show where a cake is made; your read the recipe; and then you engage in hands-on learning when you actually mix up your ingredients and pop the batter in the oven. That's three types of learning – and “all” you've done is bake a cake.

Topics: Blended Learning

Self Directed Learning

Wouldn't it be great if your employees were actually motivated to learn and train on their own, limiting the need for additional staff or trainers so you could conserve resources while still gaining the benefits of state-of-the-art training? With self-directed learning, that's all possible.

Self-directed learning is defined as learning that's “owned” or controlled by the learner. It's “DIY learning” that lets your employees learn at their own pace for a more individualized experience that increases engagement and results in better understanding – and better results for your company.

Topics: Self Directed Learning

mLearning

Definition

The "m" in mLearning stands for mobile. Mobile Learning or mLearning is the digital delivery of content via mobile electronic devices for the primary purpose of education. Mobile devices are various types of hardware, such as, smart phones, tablets and small laptops.

It is important to understand mLearning is not just E-Learning on a mobile device, it is a sub-category of E-Learning. All E-Learning is not appropriate for a mobile device.

E-Learning

Definition

You may have noticed the term E-Learning is very similar to E-Mail. This is no coincidence since both technologies transfer information electronically. In fact, we can define E-Learning as the digital delivery of content via electronic devices for the primary purpose of education.

Topics: E-Learning