Thinking of trying out eLearning in your business? The main benefits of eLearning are well-known, which is why so many companies are making the switch every year. Others are embracing the compromise solution of blended learning, which includes some elements of eLearning and some of traditional training, capturing the benefits of each approach.
eLearning is very flexible and, often, much more cost-effective. Learning and training administrators can sample the courses in advance of roll-out and can introduce new material to all their staff at once or split them into more specific groups to target their individual learning needs.
The benefits of eLearning don't end there, however. Here are five you might not have considered:
The biggest challenge to a successful training program can often be summed up in one word: engagement.
With a great selection of challenge-based eLearning courses available, courses are more "gamified" than ever. This can tap into learners' good-natured competitive side, allowing them to compare their scores against those of their co-workers. It's even been known for people to repeat the courses twice to get the best score possible – a good outcome, as their knowledge of the subject is even more likely to stick this way.
Better for the Environment
One of the greatest developments of recent years is that people, and organisations, are becoming more aware of our duty towards the environment. Sustainability and green concerns are no longer fringe issues but are increasingly at the heart of many businesses' future planning.
In this regard, eLearning provides many benefits. With eLearning, you can deliver the benefits of training to employees without increasing your carbon footprint unnecessarily. It reduces the need for travel that classroom training requires, either from the trainer or the people attending.
Consistency Across Sites
Organisations come in all shapes and sizes. Increasingly, they're spread across various countries and consist of a mixture of office-based and remote workers. Since the employer's duty to protect employees' health and safety applies equally to all of them, regardless of where they're based, it's important to make sure they're all receiving the same level of training.
The benefits of training to employees are therefore spread evenly. Everybody has the same opportunity to learn from the materials and everyone receives the same standard of training. Well-designed eLearning takes into account different learning styles and tastes.
There's no point in repeating the same eLearning courses year after year – just as there would be no point in repeating the same traditional course. However, refresher training is very important. Because both of these things are true, eLearning companies regularly update their material and add new courses to their catalogues, so the various topics are covered in more detail and in different ways.
With the advances in technology of recent years, the ability of eLearning to meet different needs across organisations is growing all the time. Research on information retention and how different people learn has progressed and eLearning has moved along with it.
Whether you prefer immersive, scenario-led solutions or more traditional informational courses, there's eLearning for you.