This is a fundamental question that is asked by those who are new to eLearning. In this blog, I would like to share some of the benefits of eLearning – both to organizations and individuals.
1. Saving Time and Cost: E-learning saves 30-40% time when compared to classroom training and we are likely to get better results.
E-learning is very cost effective as we can reduce the cost and time involved due to travelling, logistics such as organizing of training venue, hotel accommodation for learners, etc. Additionally, the cost of printing material for all learners is avoided.
2. Flexible Learning: E-learning can be accessed from any location and at any time. Courses can be delivered through the Internet, intranet or CD-ROM as per the existing infrastructure of the organization. It also provides the convenience of training ahuge team at a time which is practically impossible through classroom training. Employees can choose to access eLearning courses while travelling or during their lean time at work. It also caters to those individuals who may not be comfortable attending classroom trainings due to lack of time, prior engagements or commitments in their organization. E-learning provides them this convenient option.
3. Consistent Learning: E-learning is designed with standard components and specifications. As a result, each learner gets the same quality of training. The problems when having different trainers and multiple training materials on the same topic can be avoided as all learners get the same message. Best of all, learners can re-visit the E-learning course when they want to recall the information or when a particular segment is unclear – this cannot really happen in classroom training.
4. On Demand Access: E-learning can be available 24/7 and whenever a learner wants to take the course. This helps organizations to provide employees critical information in real time, so that they can deliver/perform their tasks effectively. Having updated E-learning courses online will keep learners up to date as they can retrieve the latest information that is available. This is very useful in critical functions such as sales, technical service and customer service.
5. Motivation and Attention: E-learning courses are built using scenarios, interactivities and games which enthuse and motivate learners while ensuring their attention on the subject matter. Real-time demonstrations and videos will also motivate and engages the learner as instead of ambiguous explanation, learners can get a firsthand view of actual operations or procedures being discussed. In addition, the flexibility and consistency that eLearning provides, adds to the motivation of the learner.
E-learning helps individuals get trained in new skills, knowledge and as a result in building self-confidence. For the organizations, eLearning helps to train more number of people with relatively less cost. Thus, eLearning is beneficial to both organizations and individuals. What do you say?