Online courses offer a number of benefits for busy professionals who need to stay ahead of changes and developments in their profession. The key is to look for courses that are engaging, interactive, get you touching the screen, allow you to develop relevant hands-on skills, and then test those skills, challenge your thinking, and make you part of a learning community to include So how is this achieved through online training? A well-designed online course will take you through the three stages of the online learning hierarchy.
1. Explicit Learning
The first step in a well-structured online course is explicit learning that is structured and conveys fundamental concepts and information. This information is provided online through presentations, readings, audio, video and web sites. Online tests and quizzes are used to assess your level of knowledge and understanding of concepts so you can assess your own understanding and identify any gaps. This self-assessment means that you take responsibility for your learning.
2. Applied Learning
The next phase in a well-designed online course involves applied learning, where you develop your understanding of the subject by learning how to apply techniques and strategies practically apply your knowledge. By involving the learner in scenarios, case studies and hands-on exercises, we test practical understanding and applied learning. Practical exercises take you to the next level of implementing what you have learned. For example, in Step 1, you completed the stakeholder analysis lesson and passed the quiz. Now develop your understanding further by completing a stakeholder analysis spreadsheet based on the case study scenario included in the online course. It gets you thinking and, more importantly, action. You need to identify the different stakeholders involved, assess their interests and influence, and make some decisions about how best to interact with those stakeholders. This is learning by doing and takes you to a higher level of learning. With online courses, you can do this at your own pace. You can take the time needed to reflect on the subject and develop a thoughtful analysis or approach to a given situation.
3. Implicit learning
Meaningful learning doesn’t happen in isolation, so the third phase involves tacit learning, where you share your thoughts and analysis with your online community of peers and peers. They can collaborate and mentor each other, discuss, debate, explore and change ideas, or develop new ones. Online courses facilitate this type of interaction through the online community and forums for discussion, Q&A, debate, and wikis. Well-structured online training is a powerful mechanism to discuss, interact and collaborate with your professional peers. Because of their wide reach and global nature, online courses have the potential to introduce you to a much wider network of professionals with different mindsets. This, in turn, challenges and enhances your learning, taking you to the highest level of Online Learning Hierarchy.
And one last point – look for online training courses where instructors are available to moderate discussions and answer any course-related questions.
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