Technology for training is something you can’t ignore, because more and more companies are now eager to provide training with a quick turnaround time for their employees. More than 50% of training that is imparted in mid-size and large companies is technology based. [Source: trainingmag.com]
Of the learning technologies, the most often used include:
- 73% use Learning Management System (LMS).
- 70% use virtual classroom/webcasting/video broadcasting. Among them about 50% use it for 10 to 49% of their training programs.
- 56% of those surveyed use the rapid eLearning tool for delivering training programs.
It is a known fact that the new generation is net savvy and spend considerable time online. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 81% of people belonging to the age group 18 to 24 years have their own social networking profile, compared with 66% of those in the age group 25 to 29. Similarly, 58% of young millennial social networking users visit the site they use most often, at least daily, compared with 48% of older millennials.
In another report by Johnson’s controls, “Generation Y and the workplace annual report 2010″ they surveyed 18-25 year olds across the world. Here are some of their findings:
- 56% prefer to work flexibly
- 79% prefer to be mobile rather than static workers
- 41% of the Generation Y prefers to have access to a team space
- 32% prefers breakout spaces for meetings rather than a conventional meeting room
These statistics suggest that technology based learning is gaining importance over classroom training. Its gaining importance and acceptance can be attributed to the following advantages:
- When you provide online access, you can reach out to the whole world.
- It gives your learners the freedom to access the courses anywhere, anytime, which means more convenience for the learners and more enrollments.
- A great advantage of online courses is that the course content becomes standardized ensuring that irrespective of the number of times the course is delivered, it conveys a consistent and standardized message, and this leads to standardized learning. Standardized online content can be delivered in multiple formats such as audio, video, images and text.
- For technology, its easy to certify successful learners online. Learners can themselves print their unique certificates after they pass the final assessment or test.
- You can track the progress of your learners online and provide them with individual support and guidance for a predetermined period if required.
- Lastly, there are no travel costs. You not only save money but also time and effort, which can be channelized to improvise your existing courses or develop new ones.
But whatever said, eLearning cannot replace classroom training completely. It is only a wonderful compliment to it. Actually, a blend of both or what is popularly called “the blended learning” is pedagogically more effective than a single mode of training.
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