You can't always bunch together different learners and expect to yield excellent results. Smart Thinking shows that people acquire new skills in various ways, and with advanced learning platforms you can tailor content to each individual's preferences.
In this article, we analyse how people benefit from interacting with study materials in specific ways, and why your learning system must be capable of delivering all forms of content.
Audio - The Auditory Learner
Whilst some people need to focus rigidly on the task at hand to digest information, others learn best when doing something else alongside it. For this latter crowd, audio content is the perfect solution - allowing them to subconsciously absorb the details whilst walking to work, preparing a meal, or heading out for a run.
Audio is ideal for those who function best when multitasking, and m-learning systems can deliver this content through podcasts, recorded lectures and audiobooks.
Written Content - The Reading/Writing Learner
A lot of people still learn best by acquiring information through reading and writing. Whilst technological advancements mean we can now provide more diverse forms of content than ever before, it's important not to leave the more “conventional” learners behind, or to underestimate the power of the written word to deliver detail.
Modern e-learning platforms should support any article format (PDF, Word, PowerPoint or their own integrated article builder), facilitating the supply of every type of written content and adapting it for consumption on smartphones and tablets.
Interactive Materials - The Kinaesthetic Learner
Kinaesthetic learners are more “hands-on” - obtaining new information by immersing themselves in the course content. m-learning promises a truly interactive experience, with quizzes and games allowing users to actively engage with study materials.
There are many providers who specialise in sophisticated interactive learning content. When done well, these can truly engage the learner, and provide a varied and interesting environment in which to train.
An e-learning platform that allows the seamless integration of interactive learning with other content types will ensure limitless opportunities for you and your learners to evolve.
Images & Video - The Visual Learner
Visual learners often struggle to retain text-based course content, and prefer images and video content as a means of absorbing information.
These individuals benefit from studying charts, moving pictures, graphs and images. m-learning can deliver a varied selection of visual content that enables the learner to interact with study materials in a way that's clear and engaging.
Vibrant pictures, infographics, and video (including links to YouTube) are all supported by Learn with Mobile allowing you to provide material memorable to this particular type of learner.
Real learning isn't about making people take courses. It's about engaging your audience so that they want to learn and enjoy learning. Considering everybody's individual learning style will go a long way towards making sure you get a great return on your learning and development investment.
If you're looking to educate in a fresh, affordable, and rewarding way, check out fully mobile responsive e-learning solutions using Learn with Mobile. Get started for free right now, or call the Ambidect team on +44 (0)1260 221292 if you have any questions.