Posted on 1st October, 2014 by Jake Story
It’s essential that organisations develop strategies to ensure staff skills, knowledge and experience remain as relevant and as valuable as possible. Elearning can play a significant role in this overall learning strategy, and can have a major impact on organisational performance. There are many reasons your organisation might look to invest in elearning. This could be anything from cost reduction and cultural change to generally trying to improve performance. It’s essential that organisations develop strategies to ensure staff skills, knowledge and experience remain relevant and valuable. Elearning can play a significant role in organisational learning strategies and have a major impact on organisation performance.
Delivery of e learning
Learning delivered to the desktop results in less downtime from travel and attending face-to-face training, lowering travel and subsistence costs. Time spent travelling can now be utilised for learning via mobile devices, making productive use of downtime. A central, online location for elearning not only improves accessibility, it can dramatically lower printing and distribution costs as far less content needs be accessed by the need for CD-ROMs or assisted by printed goods. Elearning is also much quicker and easier to update than classroom or paper-based training – new regulations, for example can be incorporated quickly into an elearning programme and made available instantly. Faster learning through elearning also means staff are much more productive more quickly.
There are many studies showing that people learn faster from interactive teaching than classroom-based teaching. These often suggest a number of reasons why learning compression is easily achieved through elearning, including:
- Learners can go at their own pace, not at the pace of the slowest member of the group
- Time in classrooms may be spent on questions or topics introduced by other learners that are irrelevant to the needs of the individual
- Learners learn only what they need – they can skip elements of a programme they don’t need or go over things more than once when they feel the need
- Some concepts are explained more easily and quickly during computer-based interaction, especially with the inclusion of video and interactive content.
Getting the balance right – creating a blend
A classroom-based event can be successfully replaced with a blended solution, with part in the classroom and part elearning. The learning time is compressed for the elements that are converted into elearning, so a significant saving can be made while providing a high quality learner experience. A blend takes into account the best way to deliver each learning objective, meaning that the different forms and increased participation through interactivity make for well-designed, more effective programmes. Whether you’re interested in blended, classroom or online learning, we’re interested in speaking to you. Our vision for the future of learning makes innovative use of various forms of learning, tailored to the way you and your organisation think. Our latest ebook will get you thinking about how you can transform learning in your organisation. It includes practical tips and insights from our experts and attendees at our latest event, ‘How to transform learning’, helping you make meaningful, relevant and lasting changes to your organisation.