Learning and training paradigm is changing because business needs are changing at a significant pace. Gone are the days when training programs were rolled out in a staggered manner to facilitate instructor movement from one location to another. Today, organizations need to train their global workforce almost simultaneously. Therefore, they need to take into account the potential of new learning technologies, eLearning being one of them.
In this context, here are three main reasons why organizations cannot afford to ignore eLearning as a training option.
1. Need to reach out to more number of employees with big chunks of content
Organizations need to reach out to a large number of employees to share significant amount of content. Learners need to develop a uniform understanding of the subject matter leaving no scope for misunderstanding and misrepresentation of facts. Additionally, the training content may have long-term relevance to the organization and would make sense if it can be reused for different groups in future. E-learning makes all this feasible to organizations.
2. Cannot ignore remote workforce and their location constraints
Employees may be are physically located in different geographical regions with limited time on a day-to-day basis to devote to learning. They cannot physically travel to a central location for the purpose of training. Their work schedules may be such that only a limited time can be allocated for training on a daily basis. E-learning would be the only viable solution in this situation.
3. Vital to track training progress and effectiveness
Organizations need to focus on long-term training needs of the employees to ensure sustainable and skilled workforce. Having eLearning modules hosted on a Learning Management System (LMS) enables central monitoring of course completion and evaluates employee progress. Organizations thus can track the data available in the LMS and use it for training evaluation and improvement, which may be rather difficult if they follow traditional classroom training methods.
Therefore, multinational organizations cannot afford to ignore the new-age methods to upgrade the knowledge and skills of their geographically dispersed workforce. E-learning is certainly the first step in this direction. Don’t you think so?