Five Benefits of E-learning
There are a range of benefits to eLearning for any organisation and here are 5 that we at iPerform believe are particularly important for any business who wants to help their employees learn in a highly engaging and effective way:
The fact that traditional classroom training courses are restricted to a time and place means they are highly inflexible and don’t take into account the many demands on time that employees will have during their work day. Self-paced learning online offers far greater flexibility enabling learners to go at their own speed and increase their concentration on the subject matter.
Training courses generally have limited places but with eLearning you can scale the numbers who participate in the training programme, and deliver fast, effective training without any restrictions on how quickly the training can be delivered, or how many departments can be enrolled.
“An organizations ability to learn and translate that learning into action is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
Elearning generally accommodates a wider range of learning styles compared to other types of training programmes. You can measure the impact on the types of learning for each individual and this allows for greater retention of information.
In an article published in “Perspectives on Psychological Science,” a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers Todd Gureckis and Douglas Markant of New York University looked at why Self-Directed Learning was so beneficial for retaining knowledge. They discovered some interesting facts in their research into the cognitive behaviour of self-directed learners.
Self-directed learning helps us to improve and “optimize” our own educational experience enabling us to concentrate on the most useful information that we don’t already know, whilst also helping us to discover knowledge that we wouldn’t have access to otherwise through “passive observation”.
The challenge according to Gureckis and Markant is that we are not always optimal self-directed learners and we make incorrect decisions over what is important when looking at new information. The best eLearning experiences therefore are gauged to ensuring that learners understand what particular information is important, and then helping them to retain it.
High Capacity and Cost Effectiveness
Elearning allows everyone to get the same learning experience and you can increase coverage of the training to a higher number of participants in your organisation compared to classroom based learning and training. It is therefore highly cost effective and will save money over the long term.
“Online learning will rapidly become one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s expanding workforce.”
Jack Messman, former CEO of Novell
Within an eLearning environment, the progress of each learner can be monitored with surveys, tests and other measurements enabling companies to assess the training’s impact and show proof in terms of ROI.