It happens more frequently than you might imagine. We get a call, or are in a meeting with a new client, and we ask them what sort of learning technology solution they are looking for, and they don’t know. Now there are a lot of different factors that contribute to the confusion of those first entering upon a learning technology solution: vendor’s buzzwords, lack of exposure, speedy technology discoveries and adoptions, but whatever the case is, we are always quick to respond with a few short explanations about the advantages each of our services offer our clients and their learners:
eLearning: Sometimes called ‘online learning’, can consist of a course that is downloaded, or hosted on the internet or learner management system (LMS)
Strengths: Cost-effective, distance learning
When to use: Great for on-boarding and compliance learning, or anytime when training is needed but distance isn't
Virtual Reality Learning Simulations: Using virtual reality hardware, a 3D simulation is created around a learning objective. Often times re-used for different objectives.
Strengths: Immersive sense of presence
When to use: When the learner would ideally be present in the learning environment, or with the equipment, but is unable to due to distance, danger, expense, or limited availability of training materials (expensive, fragile equipment)