E-learning, also known as online courses, online training or electronic learning, is training which is delivered through digital resources. So this can be anything from computers, tablets, phones; pretty much any device which connects to the internet. This completely opens up learning possibilities. The huge advantage of this is the flexibility it provides. Training can be delivered anytime, anywhere and at a pace which suits the learner. By changing the way training is delivered eLearning provides a cost effective, flexible, tailored alternative to traditional instructor led training courses.
Traditionally training has always involved quite a bit of disruption. We all know it is necessary and will ultimately benefit everyone but it involves the booking of a venue, catering, travel and the provision of materials. This is before the costs for the training itself and the working time lost. Training can span an entire morning or days at a time. E-learning presents a straightforward and sensible alternative to this. It offers great benefits to the individual and organisation and vastly reduces the training time as:
- Learners are in control and can study at their own pace
- There are less distractions from others
- During classroom training issues can go off topic and waste time
- There are no introductions or housekeeping necessary
- Learners can skip topics which are not relevant to them
- There is no travel time
Unlike instructor led training, eLearners can complete courses at home, in the office, even on public transport! The possibilities are endless. As long as the learner has access to a device they can complete courses wherever they choose. Perhaps your work is in a remote location? This can be very difficult for training. With eLearning this is not an issue, as it can be delivered anywhere, remote locations pose no problems.
E-learning also allows you to study at a time that suits you. If you’re a night owl who often works best late at night, this is no problem at all. We live and work in 24 hour environment now and there is no reason for training to be any different. Why shouldn’t you study at a time which suits you? This is perfect for anyone juggling children, working unsociable hours or needing to fit training in whenever they can. There is no need to compromise and lose time and money. And you can work at your own pace, completing a little at a time or doing it all at once, it’s up to you!
eLearning such as that delivered by Engage in learning offers meticulously researched, expert content often verified by accrediting bodies such as CPD and RoSPA. Online learning guarantees accuracy of data and guarantees continuity of message, removing the risk of poor quality teaching by instructors who are bad communicators or may not know the subject well enough.
As a result of this, there is no pressure and the learner can tailor the training to suit themselves. Most of us have been in a classroom environment and not felt confident about the subject. Perhaps the training is moving too quickly or you are interested in a particular topic and would like to go over it again. E-learning allows you to move through the training entirely at your own pace.
With eLearning you can prove that you have followed the course and have understood the message. The best courses come with personalised completion certificates which may be used in training and development as well as part of the onboarding process.
Training Managers and HR Administrator often use eLearning to ensure that a group has each attained the same level of knowledge or understanding around a certain topic.
It’s also great for the environment
When considering the environment, online courses are a no-brainer. With less travel and materials it promotes a much more environmentally friendly way to deliver training.
And finally: E-learning is effective!
This is the greatest benefit of eLearning. Of course, the purpose of any training is to learn something and be able to apply it. Many studies have concluded that eLearning is highly effective, much more so than traditional classroom methods of training. With flexibility, tailored courses, no pressure and by having control over the process, learners are much more likely to take in, retain and apply the information they have learnt. And this has endless benefits for the individual and organisation.