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Social learning through digital mediums

by GireeshSharma

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There are many different e-learning development companies in the market today. Learning has rapidly evolved over the years, from classroom teaching to e-learning. Numerous colleges across the world offer distance learning programs, through which one can gain requisite skills, without having to actually attend a classroom lecture. This is possible due to rapid advancements in technology, such as internet and mobile devices.

Today, a need has also arisen for game-based learning. By playing various educational games, it is possible to understand different strategies. Simulations help to create real-world situations and test the individual's abilities to handle these. Through games, it is possible to capture and retain the attention of individuals belonging to different backgrounds. 

Outsourcing training requirements to an e-learning company is very cost-effective for any business. E-learning companies already have trained individuals working to develop solutions, which only need to be customized as per particular business requirements. Such companies, through the use of digital forms of technology, make skill development interactive and engaging. An individual is taught how to apply known concepts in an enjoyable fashion.

There is a great need for rapid e-learning development, so that time and costs are meaningfully utilized. However, there are different factors on which this development is based- nature of required training (new product related training or quality compliance training), team composition (instructional designers, subject matter experts), nature of content (does it comprise of training for facts, procedures or principles), multi-lingual requirements (to be used in many different languages around the world), and deadlines (time that can be allocated towards development). Development comprises of the product or process, and the mode of training delivery (Computer based, web based, instructor led).

It is now possible to learn using different platforms, apart from computers. One can install e-learning applications in mobile communication devices, and be able to grasp knowledge and skills, while moving from one place to another. As an example, if a learner is sitting at a subway station waiting for the train, he can use his mobile phone to engage in active learning. Mobile devices (phones, net books, tablet PCs) also process information faster than computers. This allows the user to get instant results.

When different individuals are involved, the process of learning is further enhanced. Many different minds contribute together through discussion boards, blogs and forums. This form of education is known as social learning, and is extremely beneficial for all learners.

Gireesh Sharma is an author writing on Human Resource Management. His expertise includese-learning development , social learning and other Learning & Development matters.

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