When most people think of eLearning, they either have no idea what it is, or they remember those fast-food training videos from high school (you know, the ones from back in the ‘80s when every instructor was an overzealous guy with a mustache). Well, things have evolved a bit since then.

eLearning can be divided into two groups: education and training.

On the education side, you might’ve heard of a few Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle. These systems allow teachers to streamline lesson planning, student assessment and exams, grade management, class roster and attendance, collaboration (i.e., live chats, internal messaging), course-related media, web resources, etc.

LMS’s, however, have become merely a basic standard in education. The crux of eLearning’s future relies on customizable interaction being available across multiple disciplines. A company like ApprenNet allows educators to create online collaborations with a 4-step process:

  1. Challenge — The learner is presented with a scenario prompt. For example, he must play the part of a hotel reservationist, receiving a call from a potential guest. Video of his interaction is recorded.
  2. Peer Review — After submitting a response, the learner then must critique his fellow students’ responses, according to a questionnaire created by the educator.
  3. Expert Response — Next, the learner watches a video of ideal responses recorded by experts, then compares it to expert feedback regarding his own response.
  4. Recap — The learner then reviews and responds to expert feedback.

eLearning software like ApprenNet provides learners with

  • info repetition
  • info application
  • social engagement
  • expert guidance
  • critical thinking skills

This is just like a traditional classroom environment, yet structured to fit each individual student’s ideal pace and time. Accordingly, studies show that, on average, eLearning learners score higher on exams.

And it isn’t just about group work. 3D simulation offers learners hands-on experience.

VRTUL (pronounced “virtual”) is a San Diego-based virtual reality studio that specializes in VR directing, filming, and post-production. One look at their site and you’ll find 3D experiences like swimming with a great white shark, touring craft beer breweries, rollercoaster rides, and even a demo lecture of a gastric sleeve surgery.

You can begin to see how such “3D tours” along with more basic eLearning can be applied to the business world in the form of workplace orientation and compliance training.

Is it all just bells and whistles? No. It’s not even the future anymore. It’s right NOW.

According to SH!FT, learning through eLearning

  • “requires 40-60% less employee time than learning the same material in a traditional classroom setting”
  • “increases retention rates 25-60% while retention rates of face-to-face training are very low in comparison: 8-10%”
  • “participants learn nearly 5 times more material learned without increasing time spent in training”
  • “every dollar invested in online training equals $30 in productivity”

Would you like your own personal guide to the eLearning world?

On July 12, 2016, at 2PM (Eastern Time) tekMountain’s parent company, CastleBranch, will host a webinar to demo their latest eLearning software for OSHA and HIPAA training.

The software is offered by CastleBranch to healthcare education institutions so that clinical students can document their training progress, which is instantaneously available for administrators to track as well. Because OSHA and HIPAA regulations change constantly, this software eliminates confusion and delay to keep institutions legal and organized.

Led by Christopher Dickson, sales quality coach at CastleBranch, the webinar will give attendees a peek behind the curtain: how both the administrative-side and student-side of the software work, and how the process streamlines what was once an interdepartmental mess.

Who should attend?

CEOs, CFOs, Corporate Learning Officers, HR Managers, educators, and anyone concerned about effective compliance training. Dickson believes that this tool can be expanded to serve any industry governed by OSHA standards: healthcare schooling and services, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and forestry, maritime, energy, mining, transportation and warehousing.

So join us July 12, 2016, at 2PM (Eastern Time) to learn how your business or institution can save money and time, increase productivity, and eliminate unnecessary compliance violations.

This blog was produced by the tekMountain Team of Sean AhlumMike PattonRod WhisnerAmanda SipesBill DiNome, and with lead writer Zach Cioffi.

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