Distance learning is not a term often heard within the training scene, especially considering the fact that it is more often correlated with university students. However, considering that e-learning and online assessments are starting to make way into the world of staff training, it might be time to start looking into distance learning.
Will Distance Learning Work for Training?
Cutting straight to the chase, let us review for a second what distance learning provides as a learning method. Distance learning is where a learner is given freedom to not attend classrooms and follow a strict guideline to study. This lets the learner earn a freedom to study what material they want as long as it is in accordwithce to relevant assessments.
Traditional training up to this point would often involve employees to join in a classroom and listen to a seminar or read up on heavy training modules. And yet, with gamification and e-learning slowly making way to revolutionize talent management, distance learning now may have a chance, despite some of its flaws.
Context to Use Distance Learning
Distance learning’s main perk is within the freedom given to the learner. Where the trainer’s task is only to give materials and assessments, this process can easily be automated with e-learning and be made more engaging with gamification. However, many things surrounding distance learning should be considered. Mainly the context of what type of training you are aiming for your employees.
Wider Initiative and Mastery over Memory
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Is the perfect aim to be achieved via distance learning. As distance learning endorses the initiative to explore more materials by the learner’s own free will, in most cases, you’d find that your employees will have a better grasp of the more practical training. Albeit this will make a rift between the learners, giving way for the risk of different knowledge between employees, this diversity may have more uses than if all employees were uniform in knowledge.
Such contexts would resemble training for:
Memorization and Task Obedience
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Is, on the other hand, something not suitable to be trained via distance learning as it would require a more directed approach in learning. With proper instructions, guidelines and specification to make sure your employees do not stray from the need and aim of their training. While you may not fancy creating robots, sometimes an efficient machine-like worker is just what you’d need. And distance learning, the method of learning that promotes independency would be a terrible fit for it.
Contexts of these types of training could include:
- Work Etiquette
- Company Values
Distance Learning Examples
Many companies had actually already applied distance learning in e-learning training without even realizing. Any sort of e-training that makes use of the employee’s free time, be it through their mobile devices or website, can actually count as distance learning depending on its use.
Karyamas Plantation is one of these many examples. Agate Level Up created this application to be available for field employees, far from the office headquarter. The application was made with gamification in mind while the core is distance learning. It streamlines the process of study while making it a fun and engaging experience. This game was rolled out to over 300 employees and replaced in-class training fully while creating a fun and thematic long distance training. This kind of application can work as an alternative to cut a significant budget on training for companies with many branches across the country.
Levio and Training Platforms
Other viable distance learning methods are solutions provided by companies that tend to personalize your training modules. Such an example is Levio, the brand new product from Agate Level Up that aims to convert your existing traditional training into an online accessible, engaging learning process. With streamlined modules and points, Levio aims to help you engage your employees in the material you want them to be proficient in. And with fun game-based systems and motivations, Levio urges its users to ‘play’ the application even outside when they are supposed to.