With the introduction of computers and the Internet in the late 1990s, we see how technologies have been utilised for various purposes. It was during the end of the 1990s that online learning and virtual learning environments started to thrive and spread widely across the globe.
Now that eLearning has been a key aspect of learning today, we look into how we can further improve online education for learners through the learner centered approach.
The Learner Centered Approach or student-centered learning refers to applying different educational tools, strategies and methods that shift the focus of instruction from the teachers to the students. It puts the learners’ interest first to keep them engaged.
This approach gives learners the opportunity to make personal choices about their own learning and career pathway. You can choose the course that fits right to your distinct learning needs, interests and aspirations.
COURSES ARE INTERACTIVE
Studying can be perceived as boring, sleep inducing and monotonous. Most of us have experienced sitting though a class and trying not to doze off in front of the teacher. With AOT’s online learning management system, the course material is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and can be accessed without difficulty. You learn with visuals, interactive content, and real-life examples that you can relate to concepts and practices in the actual workplace.
LEARNING IS SELF-PACED
Learners can study at their own pace and choose the best time to study that is not based on schedules fixed by the training organisation, but personally set by the learners themselves. In this way, the learner can enjoy the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime.
IMPROVES KNOWLEDGE RETENTION
As opposed to online courses that are purely theoretical knowledge, a learner centered approach provides real-life scenarios that are relevant today in the real world. It is difficult to retain knowledge of theories and concepts by just memorising them. With real-life examples, case studies, role-playing, and a simulated workplace, you learn better by knowing how concepts and theories apply at work.
ENHANCES PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS
Courses that have a good amount of real-life examples help learners develop problem-solving skills. Providing them with real-life scenarios can challenge them to find solutions to a given problem. When they face similar problems at work in the future, they will have a higher chance of solving problems and succeeding.
ENCOURAGES FURTHER LEARNING
Supplemental resources in the online courses help encourage students to learn outside of the course content. Adding third-party resources like videos, case studies, and tutorials allows learners to study beyond what is provided and to further the learning experience.
Here at AOT, we aim to provide accessible online learning through a learner centered approach. Is this something you would like to experience first-hand? Find out through our free course preview today.