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 PowerPoint to assist in the process. So, this has been the main form until the present day. However, learning in current times, along with technology and infrastructure, has significantly improved globally. Therefore, we now have many more options for how we can learn. This gives the individual or organisation the ability to choose a method that will suit their needs and budget.
What does Learning in Current Times Involve?
Learning in current times is the process of obtaining new information. In addition, 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 in their own unique way. For example, one that comes easier to them and is more effective in retaining the information. Some forms of learning include reading, face-to-face and interactive. However, the important factor is having the option that suits the individual and/or the organisation and its needs.
This 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? In addition, what’s making this form 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 is quickly becoming the standard. The main benefits of e-Learning are at large. For example, the ability to learn anywhere at any time, through multiple platforms, with a variety of modules available. In addition, one that will suit each person or organisation’s needs and requirements.
IT and it’s Effects
Information Technology can mean a number of things, being the type and style, or the content that is being learnt. IT 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.
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