In today’s information age and a fast technological development we steadily need to extend our competences and skills. Webinars assume an increasingly important role because they represent a very flexible and modern tool of knowledge transfer. In order to convey content effectively and to achieve a great success while learning, it is important to consider the different types of learning.
1. Different learning styles
There are four different types of learning which often occur in reality. The first type is called the auditory learning style. In this type of learning the hearing plays central importance. People of this learning type can acquire information via listening and they also have the ability to reproduce information which they listened to before. People who acquire information particularly by visual diagrams such as tables and drawings are called visual learners. In order to achieve a maximum learning success they have to read all information by themselves and later write the information well sorted down. The motoric learning type is able to remember things by active participation, experiments or role plays. The fourth type of learning is called communicative learning style. The direct exchange of information through conversation is very important for these types of learners. The best way to learn something for them is to get information and content explained from other people and later reproduce the learned content by presenting it to others. Further aspects that depend on the learning success are the scope of prior knowledge, attention and the personal interests in relation to the topic which needs to be learned.
2. Webinars as combination of different types of learning
Statistic show that the recall rate increases significantly the more senses are involved in the process of learning. If you perceive relevant information only through the sense of listening the recall rate is approximately 20% and if you only see an important information the recall rate is about 30%. When the two senses come together the recall rate will increase up to 50%. The biggest success in learning is achieved while combining various senses like seeing, hearing, discussing and performing. In this case the recall rate actually grows up to 90%. These statistics clearly show that webinars allows a style of learning which includes all important senses and causes a very high recall rate.1 The webcam of the moderator and the presentation area address the visual sense and at the same time the auditory sense is included via transmission of sound. Furthermore, participants have the possibility to talk to the moderator, discuss with other participants and perform certain interactions in the virtual classroom by themselves.
3. Advantages in comparison to traditional educational methods
A webinar has many advantages in comparison to traditional educational methods. With webinars you can save travel and fuel costs and share knowledge through long distances. Leave your suit in your closet and enjoy your training from home. Webinars have the advantage that you can educate yourself in your usual and familiar environment, anywhere where you have access to the Internet.
Regardless of time and location webinar recordings are always accessible for you. Decide at which time of the day your concentration is best and work with the recordings of the webinar in order to refinish the content of the webinar later. Statistics show for instance that you are most receptive before going to bed because the learning process continues throughout the night.2 This is a big advantage because you can watch webinars also in the evening time.
Find out which type of learner you are and educate yourself adapted to personal needs. In the preparation of the webinar you should take into account that you are going to address many senses in your webinar in order to achieve a better learning success for your participants. Webinars are successful because they are very fast, flexible and effective and digital learning gives the opportunity to educate yourself in a very quickly and easy way.
We hope you enjoy learning!
Your edudip team