Elearning has come a long way since its early days. Specifically, it didn’t take long for instructional designers to realize that sitting through an elearning course can be boring.
For the most part people like to interact with others. They want to be part of a community and feel like what they are learning matters in a practical sense. It is because of this that course developers have gone through great lengths to create a more personal learning experience.
The best way to do this is by implementing a blended learning approach. This means using elearning in combination with other forms of training.
As the inforgraphic above details, the most popular methods used to help personalize learning include coaching and mentoring, mobile learning initiatives, social learning initiative, elearning, and video learning.
A combination of these strategies help to create a comprehensive learning experience for learners.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you should go out and use all of these methods. You should pick and choose the ones that make most sense to your organization.
ELearning probably has a place so you can count on using that. If I were to pick another one to use I would go with social learning. Once set-up you can have a robust social learning environment running that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance.
Use gamification elements, forums, user profiles, user groupings, and activity streams to supplement the course material. Learners know immediately that they are not alone. Have a course facilitator encourage discussion and interaction.