Depending on the size and setup of your business, you might be able to benefit from transferring all or some of your training to the e-learning model. In last week’s blog, we looked at what e-learning is as well as some practical examples. In this week’s blog, we’ll look at how e-learning can benefit your business.
The advantages of e-learning include:
- Helping learners to understand the content better
- Improving retention rates
- Reducing training costs in your business
Let’s look at these advantages in more detail.
Improving Learning Outcomes
When designed correctly, e-learning courses have better retention rates than traditional classroom-based training sessions. Learners also find them more enjoyable to do. There are several reasons for this:
- Learners have more control and don’t face the same inconvenience – learners can go through all or some of the content in an e-learning course when and where they want to.
- Customised courses – it is easy and cost-effective to customise each course so it is more relevant to the individual learner. For example, everyone in your team might have to go through training on a particular topic, but with e-learning you can customise the content so different departments get slightly different content that is more relevant to their day-to-day work.
- Standardises the learning experience – this is particularly beneficial if you have a large and/or geographically diverse team. Training in this situation often involves multiple trainers. You might, for example, have one person train the managers and then the managers train their teams. The managers will have varying training skills, however, so the experience of each learner will vary too. With e-learning, all the learners get the same high-quality experience.
- More suited to how people learn – a well set up e-learning course will deliver the subject matter in modules, usually covering one topic per module. It will also include different types of media so the learner does not just read. This makes learners active participants in the learning process, which improves retention rates.
- Enhances engagement – the elements you can include in e-learning includes images, video, audio, gamified elements, quizzes, and assessments. You can also integrate social media.
- Assessments and feedback are more effective – by adding quizzes and tests to e-learning courses, you can get feedback on how well learners grasp the information. In addition, you can also setup the course so the learner gets instant feedback as well. With this feedback, learners know where they are strong and what they need to improve.
E-learning can reduce the training costs in your business in several ways:
- People don’t have to travel to a central location for training, or trainers don’t have to travel to teams. This means people do not have to take as much time out from their normal duties, plus you can reduce travel and accommodation costs.
- With e-learning, it costs the same to train a handful of people in your office as it does to train hundreds of people spread all over Ireland or further afield.
- Most e-learning courses are distributed on the internet through an app or a website so the costs of distribution is minimal, regardless of the location of the user.
- It is easy to reuse and update an e-learning course, particularly if it is modular. You simply update the individual module, leaving everything else in place. You can then easily distribute the updated version to everyone on your team.
If you have a large team, a team that is spread across the country, or a global team, you could benefit significantly from e-learning.
For more help and advice with your business, please contact a member of the Gilroy Gannon team today.