The main advantages of eLearning are that it is self-paced and offers simultaneous reach to all learners. This is especially helpful in the global context with employees dispersed all over. In this blog, let’s look at a few advantages of e-Learning to the Trainer or Organization.
E-learning offers many benefits.
- Affordability is one of the most attractive benefits of eLearning. Unlike ILTs that are expensive and time consuming – with costs related to travel, instructors, venues, stay and lodging as well as food, eLearning is very economical once you have your initial technology infrastructure (such as an LMS) in place.
- In addition to reduced costs, the other USP of eLearning is its sheer convenience. With the flexibility eLearning offers, there is no disruption to employees’ existing work schedules. And no additional costs as a result of employees signing up for online learning. This reduction of time spent away from the job is critical in business environments where every minute of productive time counts and reduces the cost of lost opportunity. Employees across the world, in different locations and time zones can access eLearning courses whenever they want. If your workforce works shifts, this type of training is ideal as they can take it during a time convenient to them.
- With most learners taking eLearning programs from their own PCs, logistics are easy to manage. This is true even if you have to consider setting up eLearning labs for employees who may not have access to computers on an everyday basis.
- Unlike ILTs, eLearning helps in the rollout of content across an enterprise simultaneously. Learners globally can access the same course at the same time. Most standard Learning Management Systems on which eLearning courses are hosted can take the load of a huge number of concurrent users, without affecting their speed of access. In some scenarios, simultaneous enterprise rollout becomes a necessity in order to meet the training requirement within tight timelines of completion. For instance, compliance trainings.
- With good translations of online courses, eLearning programs are easy to implement in a global multi-cultural context.
- Asynchronous, self-paced e-learning ensures consistency in the format and delivery of content. With no dependence on instructors, learners are not at the mercy of poor instruction. Another benefit is that you can tap the collective wisdom of various instructors in preparing your materials as there is no dependency on any one person. Expert knowledge can be captured and shared effectively.
- Soft copies are easier to update than hard copies. You can make changes to a course and publish it again, with no logistics required except letting learners know through mail that a newer version of the course is no available. This reduces the time it takes to rollout updations as no printing of manuals is required. It is also easy to ensure that learners have access to the latest content through links provided to locations where content is updated regularly, to keep in synch with changes.
- Even for skills that involve motor activity (such as operating machinery or equipment), the conceptual information related to it can be easily covered through eLearning.
- With the feature of learning tracks that some top-of-the-breed LMS’ offer, you can customize your eLearning courses to meet the needs of various training audiences.
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