eLearning: The Individual’s Perspective

Your Learning Options

  • eLearning - takes place online and usually individually
  • Blended learning - usually a combination of eLearning and other learning formats combined;

- eLearning and face-to-face classroom learning
- eLearning, social groups and forums
- Classroom learning and eLearning activities away from the classroom
- Classroom learning, social groups and forums

In deciding on what form of learning to take, one should have a view on their own preferred learning styles, since eLearning can be criticised for leaving individuals isolated unless there is a form of blended learning available to share ideas and gain support. Of course there are those that prefer to work in this way and will tend to be reflective and prefer a logical learning approach.

7 learning styles

Depending on the level of study that an individual undertakes, they will tend to resort to their preferred learning method more and more; the higher the level of learning required. For simple awareness type learning, small chunks of learning which are engaging are usually preferred, whereas when studying for higher level qualifications a more structured and variable approach would tend to be the best choice.

Santia’s NEBOSH qualifications, available via eLearning, are complimented by a range of learning methods which allow exploration by the user and interaction in a blended fashion with likeminded learners in forums, creating communities of learning, and access to experts for discussion on specific technical points. There is a growing and developing range of opportunities to work with a blended approach that utilises both the flexibility of eLearning - as the lead learning tool - and the support and attention of the expert in the virtual classroom, by accessing the e-tutorial support sessions available for our most popular qualifications.

The benefits of an eLearning lead approach:

  • Cost: eLearning is cheaper than face-to-face classroom learning activities. Short training courses - such as those required for compliance and employee development in areas such as manual handling, DSE and general health and safety awareness - can be delivered efficiently, and comprehensively, using eLearning at a fraction of the classroom cost
  • Effectiveness: eLearning supported with other learning tools has the potential to be more effective than solely face-to-face teaching
  • Management: eLearning can be used to track employee development and competence within an organisation including CPD activities
  • Satisfaction: eLearning can and should be both fun and engaging
  • Accessibility: eLearning is accessible in both time, geography and to a range of people and ages
  • Continuity: more of our workforce have studied online during their career development, why lock them in a classroom now?

Santia Consulting boast a market leading Learning Management System (LMS), offering its users one of the best possible online learning experiences available. We offer a broad range of health & safety courses providing the training solutions to cover your needs, whether it be the shorter awareness course or the more in-depth accredited course, allowing you to take your prospects in health & safety further.

Simon Jones is the Head of Training Practice at Santia. His educational and technical health & safety experience ensures that the products and services delivered by consultants, i.e. training and client consultancy, meets the high standards which are set as well as expected by demanding clients. He is the Principal Examiner for the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Post date: 15 Jan 2016

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