The Sydney Morning Herald had stated that the e-learning market is expected to rise to $5 billion by the end of 2015. Many small businesses are benefited through e-learning in order to boost up the skills of their employees to enhance the production rate. E-learning is rapidly increasing in Australia and is expected to rise further. The constant increase in online learning trends in Australia may soon move it to the number two position next only to the United States.
With the vast developments taking place in the field of e-learning in Australia, learner preferences have also changed. Today, most learners want to take training on the go without having to spend time in a particular class. This not only helps organizations save time and money but also enables the employees to retain information faster as e-learning is self-paced.
Driving forces for e-learning adaption in Australia:
- Rise in the use of Internet, multimedia, and learner preferences in the country
- Blended learning approach
- Australian industries such as agriculture, banking, and so on are benefited through e-learning. Industries like mining are benefiting the most in Australia. In the past, people used to travel within Australia to a central training location, but at present, the mining industries in Australia are using e-learning and are providing online training before the miners enter the site. Australian government organizations use e-learning to a much greater extent and they were the first to venture into e-learning.
- Compliance takes the major part in the Australian e-learning market
- Moodle is cost-effective and an open source software in Australia
Essential aspects to be considered when delivering online training:
Off-the-shelf vs. custom e-learning: Most of the organizations in Australia offer off-the-shelf courses. These courses are generic and are not relevant to employees. When online courses are customized, the training needs are specifically addressed and easy to understand. When courses are customized, they may be rolled out to as many users as required. Any number of edits may be done as and when the business requirements change. You may quickly and easily enhance a customized e-learning course. Modifications may be done and modules may be added to the course.
Blended learning: E-learning is in its initial stages in Australia. A blended approach at this point may help in a smooth transition from an ILT to online training. This helps to take a step-wise process from classroom training to e-learning and helps adapt to online learning easily. This blended approach teaches soft skills and behavioral aspects in a classroom. Reference materials, job aids, videos, and so on can be made available for online support to the learners. This also helps to save costs.
Mobile learning: Today, learners spend most of their time on their mobile devices and expect to learn using them. Mobile learning has a huge potential that addresses the training needs in an organization. It helps learners to take training on the go and helps achieve the learning objectives of individual and organizational goals.
ROI: Evaluate the ROI and utilize the training cost effectively in order to achieve the training objectives. You may also keep a track of the training programs that work out and those that do not, in order to scrap or revamp the ones that are not working.
Outsourcing: Most of the Australian organizations are outsourcing for their training needs. As per the benchmark study by ITNewcom, 75% of organizations outsource their software applications, while 85% outsource their software infrastructure. Outsourcing for customized e-learning helps get professional service. This also helps your organization to concentrate on your core business function. This way, outsourcing helps to save time, resource, and cost.
Modifying an e-learning course: Courses that may have been developed during earlier periods may be revamped and modified in order to suit the new learner requirements. Instead of creating a new course, an existing course may be re-worked upon to save cost. For this purpose, there are authoring tools that help make changes and develop courses easily and quickly.
E-learning in Australia is in its initial stages and will soon stand out to take a major place with regards to online learning.