Learning is like rowing against the tide. If you stop doing it, you drive back.

Laozi – Chinese philosopher

Learning is becoming increasingly important in companies. Especially in times of increasing digitalization, it is important to ensure one’s own job security through lifelong learning and not to be left behind. A survey of more than 1,000 employees shows that 72 percent of those under 35 and 42 percent of those over 55 want to train more regularly. A large percentage would even train in leisure time and at weekends. This article deals with three possible types of training for enterprises.

Survey of Haufe on the learning behaviour of more than 1000 employees

Frontal lessons: predictable and homogeneous

We all know him very well from school: the frontal lessons. And also in the company you have certainly already attended one or the other seminar with this teaching format. The advantage is that you have regular times and predictability. Direct questions, networking – at least during breaks and little discipline – are also an advantage.

Disadvantages lie in the fatigue caused by listening as well as the high dependence of the teacher and the often missing interactive or individual needs.

Pros and cons of frontal teaching

E-learning: When, where and how I want!

The term e-learning refers to forms of learning in which electronic or digital media are used to support learning processes.

E-learning has many faces in practice. I know the format, for example, under short explanatory films for everyday life. Surely each of you has watched a cooking video, a tie tutorial or a do-it-yourself on Youtube. There are also virtual classrooms.

Types of e-learning

According to a survey of 200 companies, 61 percent are already using this new form of learning and only 23 are fundamentally excluded. The advantages lie in a location- and time-flexible learning, cost savings and individual courses with the same quality by the independent to the teacher. Disadvantages can be seen in the lack of questioning possibilities, much-needed self-discipline, isolation of participants and fatigue due to screen work.

Survey of the MMB Institute of 200 companies on e-learning

Blended Learning: Simple, fast and structured

A fairly new species is blended learning, which unites both species. In addition to presence days, there are also virtual learning units. I have often experienced this in part-time studies. In this way, they combine both advantages of the learning types. The disadvantage is that this type is difficult for service providers to organize and therefore the concept is not so widespread yet but for me represents the future.

Pros and Cons of Blended Learning

Learning in the context of Generation X,Y and Z

Every person and every generation learns differently. With regard to the three learning formats, I gave a lecture at an event at the Innovation Office for Professionals (DIHK). An artist (Jana Kreisl) drew the following picture at the event, which summarizes learning very well in the context of the generations.

Learning in the context of generations (source DIHK – artist Jana Kreisl)

It shows that a Generation X has long relied on the tried and tested frontal teaching. Subsequently, e-learning was developed for Generation Y, which should enable learning at any time in any place. In the context of Generation Z, which wants the full range of possibilities, concepts of blended learning fit.

Conclusion

According to current statistics, more than 13 million jobs are at risk from digitalisation and further training is needed. Learning is therefore not only important, but decisive for the future. This article analyzed three types of learning. It’s up to you how you want to learn. The only important thing is that you train regularly.

Image source: Pixabay

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I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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