When I dusted off my guitar for the first time in many years, I rediscovered one of the most wonderful aspects of the Internet: its ability to teach. See, I started playing as kid (let’s just say that was some time ago). Back then, if I wanted to see how someone pulled off a tricky chord progression, my only resource was a guitar lesson. I had 45 minutes with a teacher, once a week, from a studio that was about twenty miles away. (No, I won’t try to tell you that I had to walk there, barefoot and uphill in the snow. I got a ride. Thanks, Dad.) Well, when I returned to the instrument years later, there was YouTube and countless other places where I could, at a whim, get a walkthrough of almost any song that struck my fancy—instantly.
But what surprised me most when I decided to re-learn was that playing guitar, which is such a nuanced, physical, creative activity, was so easily learned online. I was picking up new tricks and skills, even after neglecting my instrument for years. This was without even dipping into any of the more specialized guitar learning tools and games available. It was one of the first times that I truly experienced, in a rudimentary form, the real power of online learning. Now, as a content producer at NogginLabs, I help build e-learning courses that bridge the virtual and the actual every day. Whatever it is, when people ask me “Can you teach that online?” my default answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Athletic training, swim instruction, customer service, and direct sales all have a couple things in common. First, they are all complex activities that take place in the real world between people. Second, they are all endeavors that NogginLabs has turned into wildly successful custom e-learning courses. As a matter of fact, not only can you do these things online, you can teach them better.
Why? Remember my 45 minutes a week with a guitar teacher? Many employees get even more limited training than that—a brief orientation, a dull handbook, or a seemingly endless PowerPoint presentation. Online learning, on the other hand, is ready to go whenever it’s needed. New hires can be introduced as they are brought on. Employees can get remediation at the point of need. Athletes can access valuable coaching and training information outside of regular sessions. When mobile learning is brought into the equation, learners can even break free of their laptops and desktops to learn on the go.
But the ease of access is just one advantage. Online learning puts learners at the center of the experience and lets them set the pace. It gives them a safe place to fail, without incurring any real loss, so they can succeed when it matters most. I could go on and on, but it’s a nice day to step outside and strum a guitar. So ask yourself: What do you need to teach? Because whatever it is, I bet NogginLabs can help you do it online.