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Five Ways Technology Is Improving Professional Development

December 17, 2014 | Posted in Concepts of Unified Learning, eLearning Best Practices by icohere

online learning programsWe have reached the time where the only thing holding back professional development is the professional. Education and technology have deeply interconnected, and today, there is the opportunity to learn anytime and anywhere.  

For professionals of all ages and fields, having a professional development plan can help improve current job performance and expand the opportunity for advancement. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, learners feel comfortable researching online, watching instructional videos and pursuing professional development.  Here’s a look at five areas where virtual training is improving professional development.

1.  Opportunity for Learning

Anyone wishing to advance their career or stay current on industry progress can do so on a variety of levels. At one time, budgets, time and travel were significant barriers for continuing education. Now, professionals can stay up-to-date by attending online webinars or take advanced training through online workshops, courses and conferences.

2.  Quality of Content

Professional learners are no longer limited to textbooks and one instructor. Virtual technology opens the door to digital content which is more flexible, customizable and searchable. The quality of learning content is continuously improving and strengthening the online learning experience.

3. Accountability

Online learning is often more accountable than traditional classroom learning. Technology can be used to monitor student progress with assignments, assessments, and other course activities.

4. Knowledge and Expertise

Online peer communities provide the opportunity for professionals to engage with others in the industry and share information. The communities provide access to experience and knowledge that would otherwise take years to obtain.  Professionals can develop a strong network in which to share about industry challenges, and develop solutions using feedback from others who have overcome the challenges.

5. Theories and Applications

When used to its full advantage online learning brings theory to life. Through the power of multimedia such as classrooms, interviews, and video demonstration, learners are more engaged than with traditional textbook learning.

The world of virtual reality simulation is one of the newest forms of virtual training and is used for clinical purposes and other fields to test theories and applications. For example, the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) provides healthcare simulation for providers and applications. The hands-on simulation was designed to help teams and individuals develop preparedness and insight using realistic conditions. The military uses virtual reality to simulate flight and battlefield situations as well as medical training, virtual boot camp and many other areas.

There are many more benefits to online professional development for learners and the companies where they work. Explore the possibilities by visiting iCohere.

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