Many professionals these days do a lot of multi-tasking, all whilst keeping on top of emails and juggling the many responsibilities of work and home life.
As busy professionals, we also need to commit to improving our skills. But how can we do this when there are so many demands on our time?
Thankfully, the 21st century has an answer. eLearning.
Accessing training online, as opposed to in-person, has numerous advantages. Whilst eLearning does not provide exactly the same experience as a face-to-face workshop, in many cases it can produce the same outcomes.
So how can eLearning make a tangible difference to your business? Here are five significant benefits:
eLearning modules can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection. Increasingly, people experience eLearning on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, which makes it easier for them to slot in their learning when they have some downtime. Users may still have to schedule in some time to concentrate on important or intense modules, but the point is that learning can be accessed in bite-sized chunks, making it much more convenient than, say, taking a day or two away from the office.
The best eLearning courses are structured in such a way as to engage the user and promote learning. Modules are rarely just a series of videos and reading material. Usually there is some form of interaction, whether through short quizzes or assignments, to make sure the learning sticks. eLearning software is versatile, too, so learning can be presented in variety of appealing ways.
As with anything online, eLearning modules are easy to share. These days, many companies adopt learning through shared projects in which individuals collaborate to produce a joint piece of work. This can increase engagement and peer-learning. eLearning can also be shared between people who are spread across the world, so is particularly good for companies that have a global workforce.
When a course exists online, there is no limit to the number of people who can access it. So you can train 100 people just as easily as training 20, which is another great boon for larger organisations.
Sending 20 people on a one-day course can be an expensive affair. Unless the training is done in-house or locally, you’ll need to pay for accommodation and travel, as well as meals and other expenses. Even in-house training can be pricey. But with eLearning, the user can access the course wherever they want, so there’s no need for all those sundry expenses. Additionally, there’s no extra work involved for the provider, so you can have as many people access an eLearning course as you want. Bear in mind, however, that costs will still be related the number of people who have access to a course, as this has a greater value to the client and in some cases involves extra admin.
Not all eLearning is ‘off-the-shelf’. For larger organisations, it pays to spend your budget on having your eLearning tailored. This makes it more effective and relevant, and you can use it with different cohorts, with perhaps an update every so often. Check out some useful tips for eLearning success here.
eLearning is here to stay and is continuously evolving into more exciting and easily-deliverable areas all the time.
So maybe it’s time to give your staff some space, and help them develop as and when they want.
If you’re curious to give eLearning a go, Cegos is currently running a promotion for our eLearning offering.