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Interactive learning and its Tools

by GireeshSharma

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As a result of credit crunch, most of the organizations are switching to cost saving operations. Training, being an on-going process, consumes a lot of time and money of the organization. In the traditional training process, the trainers need to develop the training material, design questionnaire & assignments, conduct class-room session, and evaluate the trainee's performance. This type of training method is monotonous and  outcome is also very less.  E-learning, with its multiple learning styles, has therefore become first choice of the employers. Using e-learning they can train their employees using interesting tools that engage them across various touch points.

E-learning is an interactive process, wherein, the user gets to interact with the fellow participants, which helps them in getting a better grip on the subject matter. New tools like game based  and mobile learning have further revolutionized the training process. In game based learning, the trainee needs to go on level by level, learning one or the other thing one by one. In this type of learning, the participants are able to try and explore new things, which motivates them to learn quickly. Interactive learning also ensures that the training process does not get boring at any point of time.

Emergence of smart phones have made mobile learning quite popular. Users can now learn on-the-go, using different applications developed by the e-learning service providers. It is beyond time & geographical barriers, and its interesting apps help in learning things easily. Many companies are developing new training module that are compatible with different platforms such as Android, RIM and Windows . Moreover, to enhance the reach of mobile learning, e-learning service providers are developing the learning content that can be disseminated via SMS. M-books are also being developed to further enhance the scope of learning. By employing all these tools in the routine training process, the organizations are learning and developing fast.

For the organizations, which do not want to take the trouble of maintaining and updating the software timely, e-learning off shoring is a solution. There are many e-learning service providers, which have a dedicated off shoring center. These off shoring companies  analyze the learning requirements of the client, and develop instructional design. It is then sent for production and is tested for user acceptance. The e-learning service provider also helps the client in support and maintenance activities.  As per studies, e-learning off shoring helps
the organizations in saving 20 to 40 percent of the cost associated with the training process.

Gireesh Sharma is an author writing on Human Resource Management.His expertise includes interactive learning,mobile learning and other Learning & Development matters.

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