Time is a rare commodity and when it comes to learning and development e-learning may seem to be the easy and cheap solution – but the reality is often the result is a false economy in terms of both time and money.
With e-learning, the participant is often isolated and reading through a stream of information. Although the content is usually well presented it does not allow for questioning on the part of the participant or for the sharing of experiences. In subjects such as Safeguarding for example, group interaction plays a key part in the learning process. The second key issue with e-learning is that the information is often only taken on board and retained by the memory for as long as it is needed to pass the ‘test’. Educational research has shown that the information is usually only retained for a few minutes or a few hours and that once the test or quiz has been completed the information literally “drops out of the memory” (Dr Sousa 2014).
For training in subjects such as Safeguarding, Chaperone Training, Equality and Diversity and all of the First Aid and Health and Safety courses required by those working in a health or social care setting, it is vital that information is not just taken in at a surface level in order to ‘tick a box’, but that deeper learning takes place so that information is retained for much longer.
The best way to achieve this is to be part of a learner-centered group. This will allow facilitator to draw upon the diversity and experience of the room, tailor training to meet the group needs and encourage debate and exploration of theories, concepts and practical applications of guidelines. Face-to-face training provides all of these elements as well as truly authentic evidence of learner participation which can be used to evidence how standards are being met and to create individual learning plans.
First Emergence Ltd offers learner-centred, interactive training sessions which engage, motivate and stimulate groups into really thinking about the content and purpose of their training in a positive and safe environment.