It is a proven fact that students concentrate better and retain more information when they are engaged in the information that is being presented to them. It is also safe to say that there are some students who fall through the cracks simply because the classroom setting was too fast-paced, too crowded and not personal enough for them to remain engaged.
Teachers and instructors also face challenges in the classroom based learning environment because they often have 20 or 30 students all needing their assistance within a short period of time. More often than not, students require the attention and patience their teachers simply don’t have. Classroom teachers just don’t have the resources to give one-on-one instruction to the students who need it the most.
So what happens to the student who did not get his question answered or who missed pertinent content because the pace of the course was simply too quick for his learning style? eLearning, more specifically eLearning with the use of avatars, may be the answer for students who are not getting what they need from classroom based learning environments.
Corporations are also embracing eLearning and virtual instructor led course to deliver their training needs. Course content can be customized to meet the needs of both the organization as well as the learner. Avatars in eLearning can save time and money for corporations because the training can be done anywhere, anytime – saving the company thousands of dollars in their training budget. Organizations don’t need to hire an instructor, book conference rooms or print expensive course material when their training material can be conveniently accessed online.
eLearning, and more specifically Virtual Instructor led courses provide the human and social interaction found in classroom based learning environments but can be accessed in any setting that is convenient for the student or organization. Students can learn at the pace that is right for them while being engaged by an instructor that is suitable for their learning styles. Retention is imperative in education and eLearning with avatars allows all parties involved to meet that goal.