eLearning is a growing medium of learning; it therefore, has certain benefits over the traditional classroom based learning.
Here are the 5 essential benefits of eLearning
It’s what learners want – really
Learners today demand different form of learning which more mobile, to the point and allow the option of self-paced learning at their convenience. Mostly corporate trainings are opposite of what they expect that is the reason why there is a performance gap that is created.
The digital revolution and smart phone boom has triggered huge changes in how we access, consume, discuss, and share content. Naturally, learning is following suit. Whilst many want learning at a point of need, many learn in evenings and at weekends and on the way to or from work.
A key advantage to getting your learning online and multi-device is that it ensures you are in sync with modern learners – delivering the type of content they want, when they want it. Get learners on-side, and you’re more likely to get the results you need. Plus, digital, self-paced learning can be accessed at point of need, not somewhere else – like a classroom far away – so employees can apply what they’ve learnt straight away.
At a time when change in market conditions especially is rampant, a key advantage of eLearning is that it has quicker delivery time compared to traditional classroom-based instruction, eLearning cuts down on the training time required because:
- It does not take as long to start and wrap up a learning session
- learners set their own pace, rather than the pace of the group
- no travel time is needed to get to and from training events
- learners can focus on elements of a programme they need to learn and can skip what they already know
Because of the speed and ease in which eLearning is delivered, the costs of learning and development for an organization drastically reduces.
The most cost-effective gains of eLearning in terms of reducing training time as well as cost-savings in terms of trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation. However, it is equally important to highlight that eLearning, when done right, can also improve an organization’s profitability.
More effective eLearning
eLearning has the following positive benefits for learners:
- better attitude toward the eLearning format and training in general
- Improved scores on tests, certifications or other evaluations
- Increase in number of learners who achieve ‘mastery’ level and / or ‘pass’ exams
- Greater ability to apply the new knowledge or processes on the job
- Better long-term retention of information
Lower environmental impact
By providing an alternative to the paper-based learning and testing of traditional classrooms, eLearning is an effective way for organizations to significantly reduce on their carbon footprint.
The key areas in which eLearning lowers an organizations’ environmental impact are as follows:
- cuts down on the travel and accommodation costs associated with undertaking a course
- reduces the need for a campus site and the accompanying costs of maintaining the facility and equipment
- eliminates the need for paper, thus saving trees