What exactly is an eLearner? Well simply put, an eLearner is any individual who engages in electronic technologies to access educational, training or developmental content outside of traditional learning methods.
Over the years, there have been many terms used to define an eLearner such as a distant learner, online learner and electronic learner.
The Advantages of eLearning
Regardless of what we call an eLearner, there are certain advantages that eLearners enjoy over traditional learners. Here we list some of them to encourage you to give eLearning a try.
- Cost Effectiveness: Regardless of the provider or the platform, most eLearning content is often cheaper than traditional modes of learning. This allows eLearners to focus on the content itself rather than the prestige or the method of the content delivery itself.
- Up to Date: eLearning content is often updated without any additional costs. Within the eLearning industry, publishers and content creators can’t get away with things like changing the whole edition of a book and charging hundreds of dollars more just because a couple of glossary items had to be reworded. Consequently, the eLearning content consumed is often (and should be) latest and accurate without any additional costs to the eLearner.
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Just in Time: The concept might have been borrowed from operations but the idea holds true for an eLearner; that you get the content delivered exactly when you need it. There is no content overloading or slacking; you consume the content you want exactly when you want it and where you want it.
- Risk Free: an eLearner is by design anonymous meaning there is no risk of failure, embarrassment, peer pressure or any socio-culture bias. The whole purpose of eLearning is to make the eLearner learn and nothing else without any sort of judgement.
- Consistency: The type of content eLearners get is often consistent and reliable which allows elearners to experience the same standardized messages. This consistency is very important as there is no instructional or social bias which would make the elearner uncomfortable.
- Microlearning: elearners get the option of only engaging with chunks of content, allowing microlearning. This allows greater retention and engagement levels. Every individual is different and has a unique learning pace which traditional learning methods don’t cater to. eLearning allows learners to learn at their own pace allowing better retention levels.
- Empowering: As a eLearner, individuals learn new computer skills as well as engage with different learning and instructional designs allowing for skills and competency development. This is very empowering as it makes one more receptive, attentive and skilled that’s translates into other aspects of life.
- Interactive & Collaborative: Humans have different views about what makes the ideal interactive spectrum. People consume, engage and react in different ways and the way they consume learning content is no different. What an eLearner enjoys is interactive material that is very flexible allowing personalization and customization in interactions.
Here at Udutu, we take great pride in helping eLearners understand different engagement based learning solutions that actually make a difference. Contact us to help us help you make this transition.