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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As instructional designers, we always aim to design courses that reach the target audience effectively. We would never want to hear our learners say that the course was boring. We put all our efforts to make the course interesting and engaging.
But, it is essential that these efforts are put in a right way. Engaging the learner doesn’t mean just including interactivities. It is much more than having a few clicks of interactivities.
In my last blog, 20 Must Know Acronyms of E-learning – Part 1, we have seen some acronyms that are used in the world of e-learning. In this blog, we will look at some more acronyms.
11. JIT (Just-in-Time): Just-in-time learning systems enable learners to access online learning resources at the point of need. Today, what will you do to find directions to a place or find out the movie that is playing in the theatre close to your home? You just go online for information. To employees, m-learning provides a similar facility to access information pertaining to their jobs at the click of a button.
Training enhances skills and abilities of employees to be aligned to changing business needs. It is well understood that assessments are vital components of e-learning courses. They are a medium to measure training outcomes. Assessments not only strengthen learning but also help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of a course.
It is well-known that assessments are a vital component of an e-learning course. Good assessments play an important role in enhancing the efficacy of the online course by helping evaluate the knowledge gained by the learner and reinforce the learning.
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. In order to adhere to food safety regulations, one of our clients came up with a requirement for an e-learning course.
E-learning and m-learning are powerful learning methods; both are dynamic and effective ways to teach people. So then, what are the differences between and e-learning and m-learning methods?
E-learning involves a series of modules with in-depth subject-matter while m-learning involves smaller chunks of information which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Modules are designed differently, depending on the kind of format used to learn. M-learning breaks the barriers of time and place and provides easy access to courses. E-learning also enables learners to access information anytime, anywhere through a laptop, and a stable environment is needed for the learner to take training.
As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring.
The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints.
There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent angry letter” – an expression used in a NY times article by Maria Konnikova.
It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.