Online training courses can save companies thousands of dollars, as they no longer have to pay for overtime or costly seminars to improve employee skills. Setting up a training course through ProProfs allows organizations to create online courses that are suitable to train employees from different industries with different learning capacities.
By learning capacities we mean the different three types of learners: visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Trainers should be aware that employees fall under one of these categories and provide materials and activities designed for different learning preferences.
Training Visual Learners
Visual learners do best when presented with vibrant and image-rich stimuli. They are also good with words, so they easily understand written documents and textbooks. However, the document’s formatting also helps keep their attention.
ProProfs has several ways to appeal to visual learners:
- PowerPoint Documents – Visual learners are attracted to colorful documents with a variety of fonts and formatting, including images. Using PowerPoint to make creative, visual documents will help focus visual learners. And with ProProfs, the trainee doesn’t even have to download PowerPoint to his or her personal computer!
- Image Galleries – A picture says a thousand words, and ProProfs makes uploading and linking images a snap. Trainers can use images from their own archives or search the web to link photographs, artwork, and PDF files.
- Videos – Trainers can also upload or link video feeds to their classrooms, allowing students to watch the files from their home computers or mobile apps. ProProfs lets trainers to choose from different internet speeds to make sure their videos are accessible to different computers.
Training Auditory Learners
Auditory learners do best when presented with spoken directions. They tend to be more communicative than learners with other preferences. In a traditional classroom, they do best when they record lectures, and they perform best when they can provide answers orally (rather than in written form).
ProProfs can help trainers reach auditory learners with different activities:
- Audio Files – Trainers can record themselves reading the course material, rather than providing it in written form. Trainees can listen to the lecture and process it with ease, as auditory learners often have a hard time understanding written instructions. When using ProProfs, trainers can upload audio or video files to help auditory learners.
- Links to Sound Files – Many “books on tape” are available online. Trainers can link these sites to their ProProfs online course, allowing auditory learners to better understand the material. Auditory learners tend to be attracted to the performing arts, so linking “performances” to the classroom can also be helpful.
- Group Work – Because auditory learners are fond of communication, they work best in small groups, rather than alone. With ProProfs, trainers can set up small groups and assign tasks to them. They can communicate with one another with RSS feeds or discussion forums.
Training Kinesthetic Learners
Kinesthetic learners do best with hands-on instruction. This makes teaching kinesthetic learners online a bit more complicated, as they cannot physically manipulate the material. However, providing an interactive online classroom environment can help trainers keep the trainees’ attention.
Trainers can use many of ProProfs’ applications to reach kinesthetic learners:
- Interactive Documents – PDFs, PowerPoints, and Word documents can all be made interactive. Trainers can ask students to answer multiple-choice questions, fill in the blanks, and “drag and drop” words or images to graphs. ProProfs allows trainers to easily upload these documents to the online classroom. Kinesthetic learners can physically perform the activities, even if they don’t have the software on their home computers.
- Polls and Surveys – Trainees can interact with one another through polls or surveys, which ProProfs provides to all users. Learners simply answer the questions, and a graph or chart pops up for them to see. These tools help kinesthetic learners by providing physical stimulation during the training process.
- Animations – When teaching a technical skill, such as how to put together a machine, graphics help kinesthetic learners. Consider uploading a 3D model of the device for trainees to explore and manipulate. Have the learners click on different parts of the animation to see what they do. These activities will keep kinesthetic learners’ attention, as their minds tend to wander when reading or listening to a traditional lecture.
ProProfs provides companies with a variety of methods to reach all types of learners in their training sessions. Knowing what activities to include to help all employees, regardless of their learning preferences, will ensure a successful and cost-effective online training session.