Are you considering moving to eLearning training solutions as a part of your new training strategy? Before you embark on implementing e-Learning initiatives in your organization, it is good to weigh the pros and cons of e-learning. Here, I would like to share with you some of the benefits that our clients experienced with eLearning. Alongside, I would also like to share some of their pain points and how you can overcome them.
Benefits of eLearning:
Almost all our clients agree that e-Learning has been beneficial to them in many ways. Some of its benefits are:
- A larger number of employees can be trained within a short span of time: For example, it is not feasible to have your entire sales force attend a classroom training session because it would be difficult to accommodate all their individual schedules and timelines. However, moving the training online will ensure that employees can take up the course at their convenience. As a result, a larger number of employees can benefit from training.
- Complements classroom training: Where classroom training is essential, eLearning can be used for pre-training purposes. Learners get an overview and preliminary information on the subject matter beforehand, which allows more time in the classroom to focus on gaining in-depth knowledge. Instructors focus on the practical aspects of the content and use classroom-training sessions for more hands-on activities such as discussions or role-plays.
- E-learning greatly reduces the travel costs: Involved in organizing classroom training programs. Organizations incur travel and accommodation costs for both instructors as well as participants when they are organizing training programs. These costs are reduced considerably when you opt for e-learning.
Pain Points of eLearning:
However, we have also seen that organizations face certain difficulties in implementing eLearning. Some of them are as follows:
- Few takers: Managers complain that not many people are enthusiastic about enrolling for eLearning courses initiated by their organizations. Courses are deployed on the LMS but do not have enrolments. This trend is particularly true for courses that are not mandatory for employees. However, this is not the case with compulsory or obligatory courses such as regulatory or compliance courses.
- Low completion: We have also seen that even those who register for e-learning courses do not manage to complete them.
- Problems in accessing courses: Sometimes, employees either lose or misplace their login details and may not really take the initiative to get it reset by the concerned manager. Others feel they do not find time for e-learning due to their work commitments and view it as more of a burden. Either way, eLearning is pushed to the back seat.
Solution: Most of the pain points can easily be overcome with some initiatives from the organization. Just as you would schedule classroom training programs, you need to make the same effort for eLearning programs – giving employees fixed timelines and opportunities during their work hours to devote to training. It is important that e-learning is viewed not an additional burden but a growth opportunity by your employees. You need to communicate this fact through dedicated efforts either through orientation programs or through internal campaigns.