do people learn better in their own time or at work?

category: engagement
Thousands of studies have explored the way humans learn – and there is a common theme; everyone is different...

Whether you learn better through textbooks, images or one-on-one with a mentor, each person subconsciously approaches the way they absorb information differently.

But what about when and where that person is learning – do environment and time factor?

Training is a highly-valued tool for both employers and employees and, without it, businesses would be forced to hire new people on a rolling basis rather than upskill their teams as current employees find themselves falling behind.

However, this can cause a conundrum because, if staff are taking time out for training, how do businesses fill the gap? And, on the other hand, should they be paying staff extra if they’re being asked to study in their own time?

The key here is obviously at the discretion of the employer and the employee, but it is worth bearing in mind when it comes to motivation behind learning (after all, just because someone is being paid to learn, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are learning better).

self-paced learning vs teacher-led

As society is forced to stay home now more than ever, businesses are furloughing their staff and suddenly people have more time on their hands than they’ve had in years.

And, yes, while the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis is yet to be seen, there is also an opportunity here for businesses because, though their staff can’t work, they are allowed to still do courses.

Fortunately, for many sectors, they can even do it all online, thanks to a thriving eLearning industry.

The beauty of eLearning is that, if you wanted, you could make your courses available to your learners from any location, thanks to the latest innovations through cloud-based systems which can be accessed from any device at any time (just ask our team about it, they’re experts).

This also gives people a chance to practice self-paced study – something which some researchers have found improves learning (so long as sufficient support strategies are put in place), with learners trusted to control their own studies from the comfort of home.

It’s a concept which is even being trialled in some US schools, as teachers turn to cloud-based learning where children are able to set their own goals and work to their own pace – enabling them to create more personalised learning that keeps students motivated.  

It isn’t just about working at your own pace, though.

For some staff, just trying to find the time to complete training in the day can be an added stress that creates never-ending scheduling conflicts; working from home removes this issue and relieves that extra pressure.

However, there are concerns that, without a structured learning environment or teacher present, people quickly lose motivation when they become stuck on a concept. Without no instructor to turn to, dropout rates could be higher, or learners may not finish the course in what is deemed a timely manner.

So, how can you ensure people are able to work at their own pace and feel supported at the same time?

the solution

The best way to approach this issue to ensure you’re covering all bases – whether in or out of the office.

How? By creating your own learning management system that is not only engaging but allows students to interact directly with teachers, mentors, and other learners when they need help through forums or direct messaging.

It’s also about making your virtual learning environment more human, easily created through quizzes and games or even video and audio to keep people switched on and inspired.

And you can start right here.

With thirst.io, you can create personalised and responsive learning content that not only keeps students engaged but ensures a flexibility that means you can get up and running quickly and efficiently.

To start your journey, contact the thirst.io team today.