Updated: Apr 25
Forward-thinking companies of all sizes and from numerous industries recognize the value of eLearning for employee training and development. And in recent years, as SaaS technologies have continued to evolve, the number of eLearning platforms has increased to the point where just about any organization kind find an eLearning platform that will meet their needs and budget constraints.
However, to give your program the best chance for employee engagement and success, many companies find that an interactive approach, often referred to as “Active eLearning” should be considered.
What is Active Learning?
Active learning is an approach to education that seeks to provide the greatest possible level of engagement and retention. It is an approach to creating a learning experience that combines relevant content with application, feedback, reflection, and collaboration. As a result, active learning tends to lead to a higher level of comprehension and recall.
Active learning puts more responsibility on the learner than more traditional, passive approaches to learning. Instructor guidance is a critical aspect of success in active learning programs. The activities under this approach can vary in widely in length (from a couple of minutes several hours) with the goal of engaging students in deep (rather than surface) learning.
Active Learning in eLearning Platforms
The same principles that are true for eLearning in classroom-based environments, apply to eLearning programs. In both cases, the goal is to inspire students to write, think, dialog, and in order to derive the greatest value from the learning experience.
Active eLearning can include the following components:
Individual Learning Exercises
These are activities where the learner is presented with course content that is consumed either online (through video or HTML5, for example) or through activities such as writing, the creation of diagrams or mapping out concepts.
Cooperative learning refers to an approach to group learning that is very structured. In cooperative learning, students seek to achieve common goals while being evaluated individually. Examples of cooperative learning can include discussion forums where students engage with other students and may perform peer review activities.
In collaborative learning, students engage in instructional activities in which they work in small groups toward the achievement of a common goal. Collaborative learning activities can include debates, case studies, and reports that are produced collectively and evaluated as a group.
LMS Portals for Active eLearning
LMS Portals provides a powerful platform for corporate eLearning. Our system provides robust support for active eLearning activities by allowing administrators and instructors to include learning content that can include the use of interactive videos, HTML5 content, student messaging, and collaboration.
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