With the constant rise of technology, many businesses have tossed the traditional pen-to-paper means of training to the side and adopted modern e-Learning concepts.
There are many key and impactful benefits associated with e-Learning, and companies that use it will recognize, thrive, and take advantage of these benefits. e-Learning is a broad category which includes mobile accessibility, games, social collaboration techniques, and much more. This post will explore a few benefits to an e-Learning adoption:
- Improvement in Communication, Awareness, and Corporate Culture
Every business is unique, with it’s own unique culture and structure. Culture and business visions can be influenced and reinforced through training that emcompasses a company’s culture and values. Today, the world (and businesses) are extremely interconnected. An eLearning training implementation should (and can) meet your employees no matter where they are, and no matter what device they are on. An eLearning course can include mobile learning, video, comprehensive games, interactive simulations, polls, and questionnaires. A modern, online training initiative can reinforce to employees that they are working at a modernized company!
- Time and Budget Savings
Training and developing your staff regularly can not only help facilitate a culture where everyone is on the same page, it can also help improve performance and provide necessary skills (ex. new skills needed to operate on new technologies or software). Time and money are budgeted in most companies, and Talent Development doesn’t always get the love it needs in these areas. E-learning and mobile learning can help with limited time and money if your organization cannot afford to send employees away from the office for training. Sending employees away can cost a lot of money and time especially if multiplied by hundreds/thousands of employees.
E-learning has the power to target or deliver to a group of employees, or individuals, without a live instructor. A live instructor may be needed for certain portions of specialized training. If this is the case, a blended approach may be appropriate. This would save hours and budget by allowing employees to learn on-the-job or wherever it may be convenient. A great thing about technology is that it is becoming cheaper – we are at the point where even small businesses with a handful of employees can use and afford most modern instructional techniques and customized materials for their business – within virtually any budget.
Examples of a well-designed eLearning creation
- Deliverability To Any Location
Many companies today have a worldwide presence. By delivering e-Learning, employees who work remotely, in scattered offices, and even on other continents, can all receive the same training, or tailored training for each continent/region. Choosing the right e-Learning developer will allow you to create an E-learning experience that will work perfectly with your employees and make this an easy, and fun process.
- Convenience of Time Sensitive Training
E-Learning allows organizations to deliver time sensitive content or materials to employees. This can be done through techniques such as microlearning or even adaptive learning. Microlearning allows organizations to deliver learning snippets to employees at their point of need. For example, Joe works at a call center. In his first 30 days, he may be delivered a 5 minute video every hour about sales techniques that will assist him in his calls to help improve his performance. Adaptive learning can allow organizations to adapt the training to employees based on competencies or performance. An example of this would be a use-case for Mary, a quality assurance employee at a large manufacturing company. Mary is in an eLearning course with adaptive training enabled; she is breezing through the training and getting great scores on the assessments. Since this training is seemingly “easy” for her, an adaptive learning course may deliver more difficult content to Mary in order to challenge her and improve her knowledge and skillsets. These are examples of training that may be time-sensitive.
- Sustainable Employee Growth
Employee morale and motivation can receive a boost when company leadership sponsors and endorses the training. This can ultimately mean less attrition and turnover. Cross-training employees has become increasingly popular as some companies require employees to “wear multiple hats.” A successful e-Learning implementation that cross trains employees can help them become better at handling difficult situations, increase engagement and motivation, and ultimately, encourages them to grow their career with your organization. An adoption of competency based training methods can inform the trainer on whether understanding, or competence, has been achieved.
Organizations of any size can reap the impacts and benefits of e-Learning. Custom e-Learning courseware can be created, turnkey options can be implemented, or a combination of these may be preferred. What is your approach to e-Learning?