Gone are the days when all our learning had to take place in a classroom, where students were learning face-to-face with their teachers. While this is obviously still a standard method of teaching, whether it's in university classes or workplace training, advancements in technology mean that eLearning is now an extremely popular learning method too.
If you're organising some training for your workplace, you may want to look at the eLearning options available to you, instead of just booking the standard classroom training you may have been using in the past. We take a look at some of the benefits of eLearning so you can consider what learning method would work best for you and your fellow staff members.
Can Save You Time and Money
Deciding to use eLearning for your next training course could be a great decision if you're looking to save a little money. While training is a necessary cost of any business, running more traditional based classroom training could end up costing you more. While you'll obviously have to pay for a trainer to come and run a training session for your staff, you may also have to pay for travel costs for everyone attending, as well as venue hire if you don't have anywhere onsite you can use. Classroom training may also require more paperwork, which would mean additional printing costs.
While eLearning will have an initial cost to gain access to the particular training courses you want to run, staff are able to complete the training at their computer, which wipes out at travel or venue hire costs. As all the work is completed online, and can be submitted online too for any grading purposes, it means you will save on a lot of printing costs too. Not only will you save money, but this can help reduce your business's carbon footprint as you'll be using a lot less paper and printer ink.
In addition to saving a lot of money, eLearning can also save you a lot of time too. As eLearning can be completed at an employee's desk, there is no need to spend additional time away from the office travelling. Also because the work can be completed online whenever staff members have a little time, it means the learning can be split into chunks. This is much easier for staff to work around their current workload, and means they won't lose a large amount of time like a whole day out of the office all in one go!
Students Can Learn in Their Own Way
One of the big benefits of eLearning is that all the students involved are able to learn in their own way, and don't have to fit into a standard classroom situation. eLearning is completed on an individual basis, which means the onus is on each person to complete their own learning. This is great because it means that every student gets to go at their own pace.
In the classroom situation, it may be the case that everyone has to learn at the pace of the slowest student, as the teacher or trainer will want to make sure everyone has a firm grasp of the material before moving on. Individual eLearning means that students who pick up the material a bit quicker, or have perhaps covered similar material before, are able to go at a faster pace than they would be able to usually. This also means that these students won't get bored or feel restrained in their learning.
It is equally beneficial to the students who may need a little more time on parts of the material, as they will be able to spend as much time as they need if they get stuck, and know that they have a full understanding of the topic before the move on to the next part of the course.
Easier to Keep Track Of
If you're organising some training for your workplace, you may know that there can be a lot of organisation that goes into it, as well as throughout the course. Using an eLearning method could make your life a lot easier. If you're having to organise training for the entire business, it may mean that quite a large amount of people need to be included. This could mean running the same training course a couple of times to make sure that everyone gets the chance to attend, and this could be a nightmare to coordinate.
However, as said above, eLearning means your staff can complete the training in their own time. This means you could provide everyone in the company with access to the required staff training, and it wouldn't be any more complicated than running training for a handful of people. Imagine how difficult it might be to arrange the diaries of everyone in your workplace to make sure everyone could make it!
eLearning also means you don't need to worry about things like holidays and illness getting in the way of the training. As there will be no set time for the training, like there would be with classroom based training, people who are out of the office on specific days won't necessarily fall behind, and will be able to work through the training when they are back in the office.
A further benefit of running everything online is that you will be provided of an overview of how all your staff members are progressing, so you can keep track of them. You should be able to view who has completed what work, as well as checking whether any assessments have been handed it. This will also let you see who might need some extra help or additional training, so you can make sure you provide this for your staff.
As you can see, eLearning does have a number of benefits. If you work in a very busy workplace, being able to save time and slot any training around your current workload will definitely seem like a huge plus point. It can also give a more tailored approach to your staff, as they can learn at their own pace, and spend extra time on any material that they are having trouble with.
While eLearning does have a lot of pros, there are some types of training which may work better in the classroom environment, such as something more practical. It's important to look at what sort of training you want to run and what you need your staff members to learn, before deciding on whether you want to run that training in the classroom or online.