Authored by Angela Sweeney, Training Manager at Elcom.
In my role of Trainer at Elcom, I usually have a class of up to 10 people. I need to use multiple training styles to allow to cater for a variety of people in the class. Many people have a variety of ways that they learn and if you don’t train in their style, the training is not effective and sometimes useless.
There are a number of training style theories out there to contend with, but the one that has struck me the most, which all of them seem to follow in some way is “Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic”. Auditory means the person learns better when listening to someone talking, or music. Visual means the person will be more receptive to seeing something being done or reading the material. Kinaesthetic is the experience of hands on or doing the activity.
To make it more complicated, people don’t learn in one style predominantly also. Some people do, but others use a combination of styles. So maybe they like to read step by step information (Visual) whilst they do the exercises (Kinaesthetic). Maybe they like to have someone explain what they are doing (Auditory) whilst they show them what they need to do (Visual). Some people are also strong in one or the other but still both are prominent. Because of this, and because you probably have lots of people that learn differently in your class, it is a good idea to cover off all learning styles.
Using a Learning Management System these days is not just a visual thing. In the past we could only have students read information and answer questions, which is good, but for people who learn with audio or kinaesthetic, this can be painful. Learning Management Systems have changed to try and adapt to these different styles.
Training Manager here at Elcom is no different. With the addition of SCORM, or even just video content, this can cater to 2 different styles just with the one module. This means you could have someone watching a video and listening to a person explaining content, or you could also use SCORM to show text to read and have someone in the background reading the text out to the user. For the kinaesthetic side you could organise an Event that has a more hands on approach to the class. The important thing is to hit each style, which could mean that you are going over the content 3 times. Everyone knows practice and repetition helps.
When using a Learning Management System I would recommend using the full functionality it can offer. Just to hit all styles and make the training as fun for the user as possible.