E-learning: what it is and 4 reasons why it’s worth implementing in the organization
In today's digitalized world, there is a lot to talk about e-learning. But what is it really? What is the worth for a company?
More and more companies, universities and other organizations are using eLearning practices to train their employees. Although this concept is not new and began to take shape in the mid-1970s with the creation of e-mail and newsgroups, its popularization came hand in hand with the development of the Internet.
In the last few years, e-learning has been reaching more and more areas that remained reserved for traditional teaching methods and has finally become a fundamental ally in corporate training.
What is e-learning
It is a learning process that occurs within a digital environment and the use of the Internet. Although it being digital, the ability to interact and communicate is essential in these new formats.
Along with virtual contact being important in these live lectures, it is also highly important and recommended to have students work in different online activities and respond to an assessment test. All this is enabled by Internet connection and e-learning platforms, also known as LMS (Learning Management System).
Advantages of using digital training in the company
The online option has become an excellent alternative to traditional methods. We have been seeing how technology benefited many industries and the workforce by making things easier and the education industry was not going to be an exception. If there is a field where it is giving excellent results thus far, that is corporate.
Here are some answers to why this is the perfect time to invest in digital experiences for a company:
1. Cost reduction
According to data from the eLearning Industry portal, online formats reduce the costs of the face-to-face option by up to 50%. This already significant percentage would grow even more when taking into account any potential expenses that remain hidden; such as the invested time in organizing the sessions, the materials and physical spaces necessary for the students or the required trips.
2. Fast access, development and content update
Thanks to e-learning you can develop specific materials or acquire courses [on the topics you are interested] that have already been created. Employees will be training much sooner than on a traditional method. Moreover, if the contents become outdated, an update can be requested as soon as it’s available.
3. All-time access to information
Almost everyone uses services like Google to find information for their daily work. Now, thanks to a training platform (LMS) this knowledge is accessible at all times; without any further interference or time wasted on fruitless searches.
4. At your own peace learning cycle
Nowadays people have overwhelmingly busy agendas and they hardly ever have time to study for a long period of time. Hence, it is difficult to attend a classroom course. Online courses bring a whole new dimension of benefits: workers can learn when and where they desire, always at their own pace.
Author: Roy Franke