“We don’t get to decide whether we have challenging students in our classes, but we can certainly decide how we respond to them” writes Carol Ann Tomlinson in her book Students Who Challenge Us. This holds true when dealing with Generation Next learners. The members of this generation, which is also known as millennials, New Age, or Generation Y, are much more tech savvy than their predecessors and are proficient in a Web 2.0 world that includes social media and different mobile devices. Being avid followers of technology, they are accustomed to the quick retrieval of information and filter information according to their need. The slightest delay in accessing information can draw their attention away from the subject matter. As technology has a profound impact on their learning, responsive learning has come to the rescue, especially for the manufacturing sector.
Responsive learning courses are those that are responsive to multiple devices. In simpler terms, an eLearning course that is compatible with PCs, tablets, or smartphones is responsive learning.
As baby boomers leave the workforce and millennials make up a more significant part of it, companies need to modify their training strategies and course delivery methods to take full advantage of the potential of, and cater to the learning styles of, a millennial manufacturing workforce.
Here are five ways responsive eLearning can be beneficial:
Access it Anywhere – This means the ability to access course material from anywhere, whether from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, and while at home or travelling.
Second Screen Learning – Being able to access one course on both your desktop and then your mobile phone has its advantages. A learner can pick up where they left off on their desktop at home with their mobile phone while travelling, maintaining 100% seamless focus on the material.
Greater Flexibility – When an eLearning course is responsive, the learner can decide how, when, and where they want to access the course. Maybe that means it will be used on the shop floor, during a flight, or back at home. This will lead to an increased focus and interest towards learning, leading to improved retention rates.
Improved Completion and Retention Rates – Responsive learning is designed to create engagement with videos, animations, and rich graphic content, which results in course completion. The result is higher rates of knowledge retention.
Happier Learners – Because of responsive design, accessing and navigating around the course content is not a chore and keeps the learner glued to the screen. The result is a happier learner. Learner satisfaction, of course, translates into better productivity, which can mean more business for the learning provider.
Hence, responsive learning means anytime, on any device, and any place, leading to effective learning for Gen Next learners in manufacturing and beyond.
Thors courses follow the responsive learning concepts.