Any form of virtual learning should be engaging for Millennials. This will help instill the love of learning in them. When you are engaged, you get to put even your emotions into the learning process. It becomes more valuable. This will encourage them more to implement it in their work. Not only that, the feeling of engagement will help Millennials feel important in the workplace.
According to reports, Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. This means they will soon have a major influence in the economies all over the world. Before that happens, we want to make sure that they will be equipped to take on that important role in the future. Not only will Millennials be influential in the corporate world. They will also be in a stronger position to make a difference in all aspects of the world – the government, society, and even in education.
If that is not enough reason to pay attention to the growth of this generation, then what will?
Fortunately, elearning makes growth easier and more convenient. Millennials can choose to learn whenever and wherever they want. But even if this method is available, it is still important for them to have the right virtual learning experience – something that suits their unique personality.
Here are some of the techniques that you can use to engage Millennials while learning online.
Variety is important for Millennials. This is why using multimedia tools can be a big help. First of all, Millennials do not know life without multimedia. So if you use it in the virtual learning process, it will make the lesson more interesting. When it is interesting, the motivation to be engaged in the lesson will be stronger. Since Millennials are also multitaskers, it would not be too much of a chore for them to integrate the multimedia elements into the lesson. They can use YouTube while staying active on Facebook posts. They would prefer this over reading texts or listening to audio instructions.
Make it relaxing
Since Millennials are multitaskers, you can bet that they can easily feel burnt out easily. This is why the virtual learning has to be done in a relaxed way. That does not mean it should not be challenging. That will make it boring – which will achieve the opposite of the goal to engage the learners. To make the lesson relaxing, it has to allow self-paced learning to happen. It also means letting go of the formal method of learning. Try to be as creative with the learning process as possible. Use gamification if you have to. That should make it fun.
Another technique to make virtual learning engaging is to make it relevant. When something is relevant that is an indication that it is valuable to you. It does not take a genius to figure out that when something is valuable, it will not be too hard to make learners willing and engaged in the lesson. Being relevant also means it is relatable. When you refer to examples, make sure it is something familiar to them. This will make it easier for them to understand the lessons being taught.
Since the virtual learning is meant for Millennials, it is also important to be creative in presenting the lesson. Stay updated with the new methods of learning so you can implement it when it is applicable in the lesson. Millennial can be fickle minded and they are easily bored. You want to keep their interest so make sure you are well acquainted with the new tools in elearning. By capturing their interest, they will be more inclined to seek out growth and new lessons on their own.