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Catch the ELearning Train - From Classroom to ERoom

Jul 2, 2008
Have you heard the new buzz word - eLearning? It has come to the forefront in the last couple of years. But, what does it really mean?

ELearning is a method of instruction where the teacher and student are located in different locations or where there is a time gap between the two, but by using internet technology, the instructor is able to teach a specific topic or skill. The advantage here is that this can take place from any location in the world and at anytime that they are able to get together online.

So now that we know what eLearning is all about, how can you take advantage of eLearning and what is it you should look for? Many people look at the internet as a great source of information, but only look at what information that they can get for free or can buy through videos or e-books.

There are many videos and e-books available for sale on the internet, but once you have spent your money, do you know what to do with the information? Do you any anyone to contact if you have any questions? Can you bounce ideas off of another person studying the same information? How do you find someone that is studying the information?

While these may seem like simple things to think about, it really has a large impact on your ability to learn new skills, especially if you are working to make a career change utilizing the internet. Learning is a very dynamic process and everyone learns a little bit differently. But even with this, interaction with other is almost always the best way to learn. Adult learners tend to be more visual and interactive than even when they were in school. They have experiences now that allow them to look at everything a little differently. They will tend to question ideas more.

With knowing this, live training has been found to be the best format for learning. The ability to interact in small groups, to ask questions, and to be able to share with others is crucial for learning.

So from this, we know that live training is important and people learn best from this. With the environment like the internet, where interaction is mainly through writing and words, how does one find the interactive training that works so well?

Look for a training program that does more that just give you eBooks and videos. Look for one that offers live conference training. Look for one, where you actually can develop a relationship with your trainers. They should act more as a mentor than as a teacher. Look for a place where the class sizes are small so questions can be asked.

While it is true that the internet is a fountain of information, how you can gain skills and knowledge is still all about interaction and sharing. While the old fashion classroom in colleges is still one method of learning, they are starting to offer more and more classes through distance learning. While this is a step in the right direction, many of these courses and programs will still not give you the skills that you will need to succeed on the internet. eLearning for you needs to be more skill specific and there are training organizations on the internet that cater to those wanting to learn these skill sets. Pick a specific skill that you need to learn and then find the right training program to meet your needs.

So what types of skills should you be willing to pay for? Look for classes or programs that are small business oriented; including topics as internet advertising, internet marketing, and basic finance, but tailored specifically for your specific business market. Others skill sets you will need and need to learn will be building a landing page, search engine optimization, list building, blogging, copywriting, and sales pages.

In today's internet environment, there are trainers, coaches, and mentors whose businesses cater to those just starting out building an internet business. Tap into this new resource and take advantage of their expertise and experiences. You will not regret it.
About the Author
Ann Moss is a professional coach for Mastermind Pros Success School , a leader in online training.
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