Whether you have been to an online seminar or webinar, downloaded an app to learn a new language, or used online checklists preparing an important meeting– you have definitely (maybe unknowingly) engaged in E-Learning before. E-Learning is not something new, but its learning possibilities have changed considerably through the years. While it was already considered very advanced to flip through an online document in the early 2000s, the technological developments in the recent years, fueled by the rise in E-Learning popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically increased our online learning options today.
What is E-learning exactly? The various forms, content types, offers and experiences that exist around E-Learning sometimes make it hard to come up with a practical and precise definition for it. Strictly speaking, E-learning can be any kind of learning material or exercise displayed via the internet on an electronic device. But a successful E-Learning is not quite that simple.
Often E-Learnings are considered successful if their content is displayed in such a goal-oriented structure that the student is able to understand the intended information and acquire the connected skill. At PINK, we go one step further. We consider E-Learning to be succesful when it not only lets the student acquire a new skill, but also lets him or her implement it in practice to make a valuable impact on his/her business and/or personal life. How can you achieve such an impact with an online learning module?
Peoples’preferences vary. Some prefer reading, other enjoy watching videos, and some want to learn while they are travelling by playing on an app or listening to a podcast. That makes it hard (and until now, impossible) to determine the one specific content type that should be included in all E-Learning courses. However, there are some general success factors that make up an impactful online learning experience.
When you think about your past experiences with online learning, which were the most impactful ones for you? Share them with us here. We are curious to hear your thoughts and insights!