Where I live, coyote sightings are pretty common. “Watch your dog” has become a catch-phrase over the years, as neighbors swap stories about the mangy creatures they spy loping along the prairie trails. In the morning, you sometimes see gory leftovers from a coyote’s late-night snack.
One evening last spring, just before bed, I heard our dog Lily barking frantically out back. I yanked open the door and felt a spasm of dread clutch my insides. Twenty feet away stood Lily, nose to nose with a wolf like nemesis. “Liiiiiiillllllyyyyy!” I shrieked, the panicky echo still reverberating in my brain. Once again, the Chinese proverb had played out
Tell me and I’ll forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I’ll understand.
Despite repeat warnings and proof of coyote carnage, I never fully understood the safety threat until the scream erupted from my throat. If you’ve visited my website, you probably recognize that proverb from my masthead. I chose the saying because it perfectly illustrates my philosophy as an educator. You can read and re-read a training manual, but you won’t completely grasp the material until you’re actively engaged-learning by doing.
That’s one reason why many of my clients are now using eLearning for large-group training. Here are a few advantages:
Engaging flow and graphics. Professional educators and graphic designers create a lively, interactive curriculum, customized to the end user. Each training module flows smoothly to the next, so skill builds off skill.
Easy to schedule. Participants can log on, begin or resume training whenever their schedules permit.
Cost-effective. Expense reports slim down because employees no longer need to travel to a centralized location for group training.
Clear-cut results. Webinars include detailed reports that show how many employees have completed each module, and how each employee scored on the quizzes.
“The training modules are very thorough,” said a recent eLearning participant, adding that her favorite part is the quizzes. “Personally, I learn from them better than just a lecture. You can review what you answered wrong, and then you will for sure remember. Also, I like that you can take them anytime you want!”
Is your company considering a large-group training? Call me, and let’s talk about engaging your staff in a dynamic learning environment.
Involve me and I’ll understand. It’s a shame that proverb doesn’t apply to all living creatures. Lily, in case you’re wondering, did escape that close call, but shows no signs of being any wiser from her perilous encounter.
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