By Amanda Healey-Browne AAT news How to make e-learning work for you 18 Apr 2016 Have you ever Googled ‘how to change a tyre’ or even ‘how to boil an egg’ and followed the step-by-step videos on YouTube to find your way? Well, whether deliberate or not, at that moment in time you engaged in electronic learning or e-learning. What is e-learning? So, what exactly is e-learning? Simply put, e-learning is any type of learning that is delivered partially or fully through electronic media such as webinars,videos, interactive lessons and podcasts. In the past, many thought bringing technology into the classroom could take away the human contact some learners need, however as technology has advanced, we increasingly find ourselves embracing tablets and smartphones in and outside the classroom. What are the benefits of e-learning? E-learning allows students to tackle a subject at their own pace with interactive tasks. As with any subject, for some, a particular subject could be a breeze whilst for others it could take more work. Either way, e-learning is structured to help you learn at your pace. Moreover, by removing the necessity to print out materials, or travel to a classroom, e- learning is a cost-effective and an environmentally friendly way to learn. E-learning offers students the flexibility to learn anywhere, any time. With e-learning, the commute or the lounge room can become your classroom. How does e-learning help you study? Utilising e-learning allows you to supplement the lectures and workshops at a college or training provider to create your own tailored learning program. Did you know? AAT has a range of e-learning which has been designed to complement the tuition delivered by our training providers. It focuses on the most important and difficult topics within a particular learning area. Training providers can use these resources within their own courses, but most importantly, you can access them whenever and wherever they like. AAT currently develop two types of e-learning: 1. E-learning modules – activity based online modules which demonstrate key concepts/skills and provide students with the opportunity to work through guided examples 2. Green Light tests – objective test questions that help a student identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to gauge their level of preparation for the assessment. How to make e-learning work for you Before going in to your class, review the topic using AAT e-learning modules 1. Take a Green Light test to test the gaps in your knowledge. The Green Light test is now also optimised for mobile 2. Download our e-learning modules to your tablet to use when you are on the go 3. Use the Green Light dashboard to keep track of your progress and scores 4. Check with your friends what their scores are – can you beat them? The numbers that count AAT provides 115 Green Light tests and 147 e-learning modules for student members. On average there are 51,218 Green Light tests taken each month and over 74,000 views of AAT e-learning modules across all four levels. To get the most of our the AAT e-learning, go to Study Support Search – Remember, everyone has an individual learning style that they find more effective. Some of us prefer to learn by doing with hands-on activities, others like to learn visually with graphics and charts whereas some prefer to be left alone with a good book. On the other hand, much of one thing may also get dull, so varying what you do and how you do it may really help keep you motivated. Find out what type of learner you are and tailor your own learning. Amanda Healey-Browne is Amanda Healey-Browne is AAT's Learning Services Manager..