Putting the fun back in to learning is a skill that candidates do not always appreciate during those hours sat in front of the computer. To most of us, learning a new skill, or taking a job focused training course is about as exciting as watching paint dry. In many cases there is a touch of annoyance at having to take part at all, if it’s a mandatory employer based course, a certain resistance to having to use valuable time that could be spent elsewhere. The point that the course will enhance particular parts of the job or makes it safer when you do it, do not always feature in the mind set. Some of the more modern education suppliers have taken this point on board and have designed their online courses and classroom work with more of an element of humour. This is usually the most successful approach after all, a happy student is a successful one!
In every walk of life there is a need to keep our training for the job in absolute tip top position. Whether we are in the medical industry or law, travel or childcare. With so much emphasis on health and safety and ensuring no fraudulent activity is caused by any of our actions, then making sure we check out the latest in educational options is paramount.
Another point to check is whether our current level of training is still appropriate and adequate. With changes coming along all the time, in legal status and employment law, it is vital to make sure any certification we hold is the very latest available. Checking online sources of e-education is a good way to see what is currently available. It also outlines the type of learning arena available, whether the candidates are on one to one, or large groups logging on to complete multi choice questions etc. You pays your money and takes your choice.
Filling the gaps in our learning can sometimes seem like a never ending journey. One person cheerfully quipped that her learning curve was getting more like a spiral – which is one way of looking at it. This person was doing the mandatory online anti fraud and money laundering course set by our employer. There were always online courses of undertaken during each quarter. These were automatically monitored and anyone not completing, or not even registering to take part, would be notified to their line manager by default. As with every employer, they are persuaded by training suppliers that all the employees would benefit from this course or that. It’s much easier to make it mandatory for all to undertake it than spend time assessing who would actually benefit & who wouldn’t. If the course is well written and not bunged up with jargon and repetitive formula, everyone will gain something from an online course, if only to wake up the brain cells now and then!
When young folk get up to the senior part of their learning journey through school, there is a designated path for them to follow. At the independent fee paying schools, this is critically followed, in an age old pattern of reliable and failsafe means of giving each student the very best chances of success when sitting their Oxbridge entrances or those to enter Sandurst etc.
For the student who doesn’t fit in to this very rigid scheme, it can be daunting and some may find themselves left behind. In previous years, this could herald a disaster for the child and their family. If a particular career has always been followed and expectations run high on this continuing, anxiety and panic looms ahead. Fear not though, there are some amazing online tutoring schemes to help sort this learning deficit. Finding the right one is all that is required to get back into the swing.
There are three main learning styles understood by education specialists. They are visual, aural or kinesthetic. Here is some information about each type of learning, see if you can work out which one suits you most!
Visual learners mainly learn through seeing and watching a class being taught. They benefit greatly from illustrations, diagrams, watching demonstrations and reading about a topic. Visual learners should try to sit at the front of a class so they can always see what is being taught.
Aural learners mainly learn through listening and hearing what is being taught. Instead of needing to see the subject of the lesson, as long as they can easily hear the lesson they will learn. These types of learners would do well to record lectures or speakers, listen back to past lessons and have discussions with their peers to learn better.
Kinesthetic learners mainly learn through hands on experience and ‘doing’ whatever is being taught. These types of learners prefer having active lessons where they can use their hands to learn. Topics such as cooking, engineering and science work well for kinesthetic learners as there is always plenty to get on with.
If you are seeking employment, or to reach the next level in the career ladder of your current job, you may be thinking of ways to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd. One way to get ahead in any career is to take further study qualifications to boost your skills.
Online training offers a flexible and cost effective method of studying, which can really suit people who are in full time work. Unlike traditional courses, online training allows you to study where and when you want, meaning you can still work the 9-5 and come home to study in the evening and at weekends. This is great as traditional courses often mean travelling to and from college campuses for lectures and meetings, which often fall within the working day.
People who study online courses are often more able to use the skills they have learnt within their working environment as they have constant access to the course materials.
Healthcare courses will always be in high demand, with a need for people who can perform simple first aid, CPR and life saving skills required in most work places. If you can arrive at a job interview and say you have a qualification in any of these healthcare topics, you will already be ahead of the rest of the pack!
Online courses offering healthcare training are a great way to learn new skills – first aid is always going to be a useful skill and fewer people than ever are willing and able to peform simple life saving or first response skills. Another healthcare course which is easily learnt online is fire safety and risk management, which allows you to learn how to keep your business safe from fires and other hazards.
Online training is a great way to learn new skills as it offers a flexible and easy way to learn in your own time and wherever you wish to study, without the need to travel or attend lectures.
When you decide that you want to take an online learning course, it can be difficult to choose a course – there are so many out there! From first aid to psychology and computer studies to SEO, you can learn almost anything through an E-Learning course. The problem is finding a course which will suit you and your current requirements. Think about what you want to use the course for – do you need to get ahead in your career, add it to your CV for future use, or simply want to learn a new hobby? The choice of course will depend on these questions.
If you are needing a course to further your career or add to your CV, you will probably want to work on a course which leads to recognised qualifications, which will be sought after by employers – there are many companies offering accredited courses.
If you are after something to use as more of a hobby, think about trying something you have never done before! There are all sorts of practical courses in subjects such as knitting, nutrition, sewing, cooking and beauty which could be interesting for you.
Learning Management Software or Systems is often referred to as LMS. These are the main body of online learning courses, and provides the means to access a course, its contents and examinations.
LMS are the area of the learning course which the user logs into in order to access the course materials. It offers a space to store the contents of the course, which can be accessed at any time through any computer which is connected to the internet. The LMS also allows the user to take any tests or quizzes are required in order to complete the course. The LMS gives the user the chance to view their current progress through the course they are working on.
Many different LMS systems exist, and there are differences between each of them, but the main layout is generally the same for each. They work with different learning companies and online training providers in order to offer a range of flexible online learning courses which users can partake in.
If you’ve thought about taking further courses of study, you may have come across online learning packages, or E-Learning as they are sometimes known. There are as great number of benefits to online study, as we break down right here:
- Flexible! Online learning allows you to study whenever and wherever you like. No need to attend lectures and seminars at specific times or travel to college campuses. As long as you have internet access and a computer/laptop you can complete your course.
- Wide range of subjects: you can study almost anything through online courses, from first aid to computer skills, and some courses are even accredited so you gain meaningful qualifications at the same time.
- Expert knowledge: the courses are often wrtitten by experts in the field, so you can be certain that you are receiving up to date knowledge and skills.
- Connections: it is highly likely that you will be able to connect with others also taking the same course, allowing you networking opportunities.