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Remote learning has become an intrinsic part of education for children and adults. When it comes to learning new things for your job, sometimes remote learning is the only viable option. With a full-time job, the odds of having the time for a weekly course are very slim. This is why remote learning and the development of your skills is the name of the game if you want to keep your competitive edge on the job market.
Employers have also started offering remote training courses for their employees, and the results are very positive. Investing in their employees has proven fruitful, and we’ve yet to see the full effects that this will have on the global job market.
More freedom - we all have our daily tasks that need to be taken care of. Remote learning will generally give you more time to handle your chores around the house, among other things. An employee with plenty of time for these things is a happy employee. Studies have also shown that people who can take a break whenever they need it will generally absorb information better than someone sitting through a 2-hour course with no breaks.
Learn at your own pace - pretty much everyone who has gone through some form of education has faced this issue. In a typical class, everyone has to maintain the same learning pace. If you are an accelerated learner, this might bother you since you can’t move forward independently; you have to wait for your classmates. Also, some people require more time to complete learning tasks. Remote learning eliminates this issue. You can study whenever you feel like it and at whatever pace is best for you.
Better problem-solving skills - given that you won’t have a live teacher available to answer your questions, remote learning might prove difficult at first. But, this will help develop problem-solving skills. The student will learn to do independent research and formulate answers, building confidence and self-esteem.
Mental health problems - being alone for long periods can negatively impact any person. We are social creatures by nature, and not talking and interacting in person may affect us over time. To alleviate this, you should ensure that you have a schedule for remote learning and leave plenty of time for socializing. Your mental health will benefit from this in the long run.
The tech learning curve - we must understand that some people struggle with technology. They will find it harder to navigate online and do their research. For them, remote learning might prove like a challenge in itself. They can find it harder to search for online courses, and using specific software might give them frustrations. More streamlined methods are starting to pop up all over the place to help this, but this is not always a viable option.
Lack of supervision - the lack of an instructor to oversee your work can also cause some issues for people. If you can’t figure out a problem by yourself, having someone there that can help will save time. Many employers are also worried that employees will be distracted and won’t study as hard without supervision. This issue can easily be corrected by regular tests that allow employers to judge how well remote learning is working for their staff.
Whether you’re an employee or an employer, remote training should be on your mind. Managing work/personal life schedules can be challenging, but remote courses can help with that and provide the competitive edge needed to succeed.
At Designing Digitally, we create online training programs that offer remote learning flexibility. Employees can take training courses at the time and place that is best for them, at the pace that will be most effective for them. We help you identify your training needs upfront and develop a customized training solution to help you reach your goals and improve employee performance.