Online courses are the future of corporate training. Several organizations view eLearning as an integral part of their training strategies. According to a survey conducted by the E-Learning magazine in 2012, 50% of training hours are being deployed through eLearning, blended, online or virtual medium. Let us see what makes digital courses the choice of the training manager of the 21st century.
Better value for the training dollar
E-learning courses help companies to reduce their training expenditures substantially. Unlike Instructor Led Training (ILT) sessions, online courses do not require the repeated presence of the trainer. This results in considerable reduction in the costs. Digital courses enable people to learn at the place of their choice and this saves precious training dollars from being spent on travel and boarding. You can provide training to your staff worldwide with minimum infrastructure using eLearning courses. Most importantly, with eLearning, you don’t have to take your staff out of work for training.
Time is the key and online courses save time
Timely training to your employees on latest developments in your industry is critical to the success of your organization. You can now rollout an effective 30-minute course in 4 to 5 weeks, to impart training to your sales folks worldwide on your new product, thanks to rapid authoring tools These tools help reduce eLearning course development times by at least 40%. You can also update your courses in very less time to meet your evolving learning needs such as making your industrial safety course meet the new training requirements of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). For more information on rapid authoring tools check out Best Authoring tools for Rapid eLearning Development.
Unparalleled flexibility for learners
You need to see that your staff members are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. But how can a person who travels 25 days a month or an employee who spends 10 hours at work attend classroom training sessions? These people need a flexible learning format and eLearning is all about flexibility – it allows them to learn anytime, anywhere. A travelling executive can access the courses on his laptop or on his mobile device and a senior manager starved for time can learn at his home at the time of his choice.
Consistent and high quality of instruction
The eLearning format is not instructor dependent and this makes it possible to ensure consistency in the quality of training programs. Furthermore, instruction of a very high quality can be delivered through digital courses. The combination of the right use of multimedia and sound instructional design can do wonders and create learner delight. Learners have complete control over online courses and this goes a long way in personalizing the training.
It is estimated that each ream of paper used contributes to 0.002 tons of carbon-dioxide. As the transition to a low-carbon economy gathers pace, the demand for a ‘clean’ format of learning is steadily growing and eLearning is the right solution. It helps companies to minimize their carbon footprint as little paper is needed to impart training using this format. As the perils of global warming increase, the dependence on paper needs to be reduced. After all, we have only one earth. Isn’t it?
E-learning helps provide training that is cost effective and highly flexible. Online courses can be developed fast and cause little damage to the environment. Instruction of very high quality can be imparted through digital courses. These benefits of eLearning make it THE learning format of the 21st century. What do you think?
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