In the 21st Century there are now many different methods and systems available to assist with the learning process. Traditionally we’ve used face to face training coupled with text books, print outs and power points to assist in the learning process; this has been the main form of learning until the present day. As technology and infrastructure significantly improves globally, we now have many more options for how we can learn, which gives the individual or organisation the ability to choose a method that will suit their needs and budget.
What is Learning
Learning is the process of obtaining new information and being able to store that information so we can access it and use it when required. Everyone is different, and most individuals tend to learn best in their own unique way, one that comes easier to them and is more effective for them in retaining the information they require for their job or just life in general. Some forms of learning include reading, face-to-face and interactive, but the important factor of learning is having the option that suits the individual and/or the organisation and its needs.
E-Learning is not new, it’s been around since the first computers and even fax machines. What is new is the wide variety of platforms and improved infrastructure that’s making this form of learning one the fastest growth industries in the world today. We now see e-Learning in Schools, Tertiary Education and in the Workforce, and this form of learning is quickly becoming the standard. The main benefits of e-Learning include; the ability to learn anywhere at any time, through multiple platforms, with a variety of modules available that will suit each persons or organisations needs and requirements.
Information Technology Learning can mean a number of things, being the type of learning, the style of learning or the content that is being learnt. IT learning involves both users and IT Professionals and in order to make a system work, users will need to be confident of what they’re using it for. Countless times I’ve heard users say, “they go through a routine of tasks on their system” but when asked why they are doing these tasks, I just get vacant looks! Users are trained on how to operate systems in general, however I think somewhere along the line the reasoning behind what they do and why they do them has been “lost in the wash”. This brings us back to the point that in order for systems to be successful; the concept of IT and HR would have to be closely linked rather than exists as separate entities.