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Different Ways to Learn

eMaps are a great training tool for organizations looking to introduce a new concept or reinforce an existing one. The maps are visual representations of the organization as a whole – supplemented with data and metrics to help employees understand the total production process.   Employees are able to:

  • Further, examine their parts in the work-chain and organizational framework

  • Deepening their understanding of other operational functions

  • Gain perspective on the importance of their work towards the success of all the organization’s functions

  There are three types of learning modalities:

  • Visual

  • Auditory

  • Kinesthetic

Most people fit into one category, but some may be a combination of two modalities. Learning maps have been designed to benefit the needs learners possessing characteristics of each of the modalities.  Visual learners benefit from a learning environment that is graphically representative. Learning is optimized when it is enhanced through:

  • Guided imagery

  • Demonstrations

  • Flash cards

  • Diagrams

  • Charts and maps

A learning map’s main function is to visually illustrate key processes or procedures in the organization, which is useful to those who have difficulty following verbal instructions or who would prefer to observe, rather than participate in a group discussion.  Auditory learners excel in an environment that allows them to listen versus reading or a hands-on approach. This type of learner benefits from:

  • Oral instructions

  • Auditory tapings

  • Group discussions

These learners may prefer repeating their ideas out loud in order to better understand and remember key details. Learning Maps have the ability to include a voiceover of the instructions and purpose of a map. Maps also lead to group discussions and engage the auditory learners to further their understanding about the concepts presented.  Kinesthetic learners are sometimes referred to as “do-ers”; meaning they are most comfortable with a hands-on approach to learning. Kinesthetic learners benefit from

  • Experiments

  • Role playing games

  • Problem-solving

  • Associating emotions with concepts learned through the map

Learning Maps can be part of Shared Insight sessions where a learning map is printed in a large table-top format. This exercise involves a group discussion in which participants are given a scenario with a problem, and they must develop a solution applying the information given to them on the learning map. By applying a part of each modality to Learning Maps, we are able to accelerate the learning process for all types of learners. Studies show that using software as a training tool has enabled organizations to cut down classroom time by 40-60%. There are tremendous cost savings that can be directly attributed to streamlining the amount of classroom training time.  Consequently, there are reductions in the learner’s time spent away from their work in order to fully understand the content which can correlate to higher productivity. This approach leads to a greater understanding of the organization’s processes and procedures, and the relationships between the many functions throughout the company.


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