Catering to 21st century professionals and learners means catering to a generation that has witnessed and benefitted from the digital boom. They live their entire lives online: everything from ordering food to finding love is accomplished from behind the screen of a computer.
In such a situation, the implications are obvious: the education industry has also gone online. Welcome to the world of eLearning development.
eLearning is the delivery of a learning or training program via an electronic medium. The demand for eLearning development grew as distance learning programs became more and more popular.
Are there any advantages of eLearning development over traditional methods of learning?
The answer is yes, there are.
Here are the top 7 advantages of eLearning development:
- Scalability and flexibility: eLearning enables us to design, develop and create new policies, training, ideas and concepts. Whether the final goal is corporate training, formal education or entertainment, eLearning adaptable.
- Capacity and consistency: In a traditional classroom setting, an educator’s reach is limited to the captive audience in her classroom. Comparatively, the reach of an eLearning program is much larger; programs can potentially be accessed by anyone who stands to gain from them. In addition to this, eLearning programs deliver consistent training. These programs have the power to ensure that every learner receives the same training.
- Learning Retention: eLearning employs several multimedia and interactive tools to ensure that learning is hands-on and practically reinforced. As a result, learners retain material better. Another advantage of eLearning is that material can constantly be updated and refreshed, ensuring that the material is fresh and relevant in the learner’s mind.
- Saves Cost, Conserves Resources: eLearning drastically cuts down the time employees spend away from their offices, requires little to no travelling and eliminates the requirement for classroom-based training.
- Activity and ROI Measurements: The nature of eLearning content is such that results are easily quantified. Learner retention and the effectivity of a program can be measured through tests. Through continuous learner assessments and progress tracking, eLearning allows for a fairly accurate assessment of the ROI as well. Traditional teaching methods tend to be less goal-oriented and the effectiveness of such programs is more difficult to evaluate.
- Environmental Impact: Online learning has reduced the requirement for paper-based assessments and examinations. Quizzes, tests and so on can simply be answered online. Again, training modules and study material need not be printed on paper; they are made available to learners and instructors online. Also, since eLearning programs eliminate the need for travel, they play a small but significant role in reducing emissions.
- Learner-focused training: eLearning programs allow learners to access programs at a time of their convenience. They can revisit the material as many times as is necessary, without worrying about slowing down the pace in a classroom. eLearning caters to an individual’s needs and can therefore, in many cases, be more effective than classroom training.