Management Training Vs Learning and the differences that will help eLearning at your organization
In recent years, there has been much discussion about the difference between management training vs learning. Some organizations are changing the name of their training departments to “learning” departments. Now that eLearning is a topic of hot discussion, it warrants asking the question about why we are not calling this process “eTraining”. Should there be a distinction between training and learning or is this just another buzz word in the industry?
Difference between Training and Learning
To begin comparing the differences between these two terms, first consider the Merriam-Webster definition of each:
Training: “a process by which someone is taught the skills that are needed for an art, profession, or job”
Learning: “the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something: the activity of someone who learns.”
After looking at the meaning of each of these terms, it makes a bit more sense. Training describes a passive process on the part of a student. The action is actually performed by the teacher or instructor who does the teaching. With learning, the student is activity engaged in the process. When looking at abstract concepts like management training vs. learning, it’s something that can be difficult to measure the results. The goal, however, is that after training (teaching) a student, they learn (know) the content. Learning is the goal of training.
The process of eLearning isn’t just a convenience that allows students to learn from remote geographic locations or outside of the classroom, rather it’s recognition that “training” is more detailed than just the passive process of delivering information. With eLearning, we are acknowledging that students need to complete activities to learn the material. They are receiving the information, practicing it, studying it, and finally, learning it.
With this emphasis on learning, many companies are investing in a learning management system (LMS) which can help track a student’s progress through a series of activities or courses. Gone are the days of simply measuring attendance and passing out a certificate after the requisite number of hours has been completed. If you want to consider an LMS for your needs, Litmos offers a free trial of its LMS software. It’s easy to use for both your training staff and students. Give it a try and see if an LMS can help you bridge the gap between management training vs. learning.
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