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Top 5 Ways Physical Learning Materials Can Complement an LMS

Physical learning materials can complement LMS

Are you looking for ways to take your corporate training to the next level?

We’ll let you in on a little secret: printed learning materials are the secret sauce to achieving maximum engagement and retention in your workforce!

In a controlled study, 92% of students said it was easiest to concentrate when reading print. 85% of the US students polled were more likely to multitask in an online environment, compared to only 26% when reading print.

Here are the top five ways that best in class corporate training departments are using physical printed learning materials to complement their LMS.

  1.  Reinforcing key concepts

    Printing out key concepts and having them physically available to reference helps employees retain information more effectively.

    Think about the last time you were in a ZOOM meeting, and were forced to rely entirely on the audio and visuals of the person presenting. Chances are, it was harder for you to follow along without a physical packet of information to reference, hold, or take notes with.

    This same situation happens to students and employees all over the world every single day! By combining print with digital materials, you are covering all forms of learning: audio, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic.

    Plus, it’s a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page (literally!)

  2. Providing flexibility

    The truth is, not everyone learns the same way.

    Some employees may prefer to learn from printed materials, while others may prefer digital resources. By providing both options, you ensure that everyone is able to learn in the way that suits them best.

  3. Creating a tangible experience

    Think about it: there’s something special about holding a physical piece of information in your hands.

    It’s the same reason places like bookstores and cafes continue to exist, even in the age of DoorDash or online marketplaces. Having a tactile, physical experience allows us to connect emotion and time stamps to otherwise amorphous concepts.

    Additionally, physical learning materials create a sense of ownership and importance that digital resources often lack.

  4. Improving accessibility

    Not all employees have access to digital resources, whether it’s due to internet connectivity issues or lack of access to devices.

    And even in a fully digital environment, physical learning resources offer a degree of flexibility and immediate accessibility that simply can’t be beat!

    Printed materials ensure that everyone has access to the information they need without requiring electricity, digital prowess, or battery life. They also act as a socio-economic equalizer, providing everyone engaging with them a fair and balanced learning experience.

  5. Enhancing engagement

    Printed materials can be used to create interactive learning experiences, such as quizzes, puzzles, and games. These types of activities help to increase engagement and make learning more fun!

    Studies have shown that the human brain engages differently when we write something by hand as opposed to typing it on a keyboard or by touching a screen.

    We now know that writing and penmanship improves memory; students retain learning better when working with new ideas through handwriting instead of typing.

    Level Up Your Learning Game

    So there you have it, folks!

    Printed learning materials are an essential tool for any corporate training department looking to take their program to the next level.

    Let JPS Books & Logistics help you incorporate them into your training strategy today and see the difference for yourself!

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