Why you and your business should look at eLearning and Blended Learning

When deciding on what form learning should take, one should have a view on their own preferred learning styles. Especially as 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.

The Seven Learning Styles

•Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

•Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.

•Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

•Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

•Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

•Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

•Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Depending on the level of study that an individual undertakes then 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 then small chunks of learning which are engaging are usually preferred whereas when studying for higher level qualifications then a more structured and variable approach would tend to be the choice for many learners.

"...more of our workforce have studied on line during their career development, why lock them in a classroom now?"

Santia’s NEBOSH qualifications available on 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. Students can also access to experts for discussion on specific technical points. Click here to learn more. There is a growing and developing range of opportunities to work with a blended approach that utilises 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:

  1. Cost: eLearning is cheaper than face to face classroom learning activities
  2. Short training courses such as 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
  3. eLearning supported with other learning tools can be more effective than solely face to face teaching
  4. eLearning can be used to track employee development and competence within an organisation including cpd activities
  5. access to state of the art eLearning software
  6. eLearning can and should be fun and engaging
  7. eLearning is accessible in both time, geography and to a range of people and ages
  8. more of our workforce have studied on line during their career development, why lock them in a classroom now?

Simon Jones is a senior manager in progressive health, safety and environmental consultancy. Simon’s experience ensures that the products delivered by Consultants, i.e. training and client consultancy, meets the high standards which are set as well as expected by demanding clients.
Simon Jones is the Principal Examiner for the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Post date: 27 Nov 2014

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