As we enter a new era of online and remote learning, we want to understand how digital learning can enhance our existing organisational systems. But first we must ask – what is digital learning?
The term ‘digital learning’ was coined back in the mid 1900s but started to gain popularity when computers became commercially available and adopted around the late 90s. The widespread availability of computers both in businesses and households created a huge shift in how we were able to access information. From online video games to search engines and businesses creating websites for their existing stores meant the opportunities to learn broadened from just reading books and articles.
These days, learning can be so much more than converting a physical paper document online. As time goes on, how humans learn is constantly being studied and we have both the opportunity and responsibility to evolve online learning to meet the needs of today’s learners.
Workplaces are now seeing a rise in flexible work arrangements where employees can choose when to work remotely or in-house, and with this comes a need for resources that employees can access wherever and whenever. From onboarding and training to enhancing employee knowledge, there are many benefits for businesses to shift to online learning systems.
The first benefit to having a digital learning strategy is allowing your learners to access information in an uncomplicated way. The need to keep a file of important documents and papers that collects dust on your desk is no more, but what’s the use of just creating digital files that emulate what was once written on paper? That’s where people like Wavelength come in, to build these online resources for your learners that are much more than just words on a screen.
One of the most beneficial motives to create a digital learning strategy is the potential to engage your learners on a whole new level. When you put your learners at the core of what you want them to learn, it becomes meaningful. You create a digital learning strategy that works for them and properly engages users with the content, which in hand increases information retention and your organisation is better off because of it. Learners feel valued when the learning tools offered to them seem tailored to them. Using digital software that can create a customised environment for your learners through interactive quizzes and captivating graphics can help you to achieve that. When learners engage with the content, the rate of information retention starts to increase, so it’s a win-win for the organisation and the learner to adopt a digital learning strategy that works for them.
It’s evident that moving your learning resources online has substantial benefits and is only becoming more prevalent in today’s digital age – so how do you implement a digital learning strategy?
Start by putting your learners at the forefront: what do they need to know? We’ve created online modules for a multitude of organisations who all require specific needs to be met. A digital learning strategy could look like keeping our roads safe through interactive mobile-modules, or training employees to know what risks to look out for on the job through a custom online training resource. Providing bespoke digital learning solutions that engage your learners is what we are known for, because we use human-centred design to get you the results you are looking for when making your learning digital.
An online digital strategy can fit into any organisation as long as you know your goals and your learners. You can leave the rest up to us because Wavelength is committed to helping you get your learners inspired and engaged.