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Learning is a mental process that happens within the individual. As educators, we can help learning along the way by:

  • Target our training to the target group
  • Create motivating and relevant content
  • Challenge individual understanding with new perspectives

It is often in the situation where we as humans experience that what we thought was one way is actually another way that we learn something new.

Topic and learning objectives

An e-learning course covers a specific topic. The topic will be broken down into a number of different learning objectives below.

For example, if the topic is Conflict Management, some of the learning objectives could be:

  • “Understand what the conflict staircase is”.
  • or “Know how to avoid escalating a conflict”

Good e-learning helps and motivates the learner to achieve individual learning objectives. Here you need to take both into account:

  • The learner’s existing
  • Where relevant the topic is to the learner’s everyday life?
  • Does the learner resistance to the topic?
  • Is it difficult or easy?
  • And how high a taxonomic level do we want them to achieve once they have completed the course?

Dialog and sparring

Dialogue promotes individual understanding and should therefore be included. We recommend that an e-learning course contains reflection questions and dilemmas that encourage dialog and discussion with colleagues or, alternatively, a fictional entity in the course. For example, a course can:

  • Be taken by several people together and include questions for colleagues to discuss along the way.
  • Be part of a blended learning program where colleagues work together on dilemmas or issues between digital courses.
  • Include a built-in option for the learner to compare their answers with a fictional experienced colleague.
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Structure and learning process

We can then build the course with a mix of theory, exercises and examples and different tools that both create variety and support the learning process. At Grape, we work with 3 basic elements:

  • Absorb: Tell me something new (Presentation/Theory)
  • Do: Let me put it into practice (Exercises)
  • Connect: Let me connect the new to my everyday life (Examples/Exercises/Reflection – and subsequent real-life testing)