Is there a way to train global employees with minimal costs? Yes, through eLearning. It imparts knowledge to global audiences in one go through devices such as desktops, laptops, and mobiles. In simple words, e-learning has brought the classroom to the learners’ doorstep. According to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., the demand for eLearning to deliver training is growing at 13% every year and will continue at the same pace the next year.
What makes e-learning so popular? Its versatility. Let’s now look at a few forms of e-learning used to facilitate knowledge transfer.
1. Web-based learning
This form of training is accessed via web browsers or through the corporate Intranet. The best part of this training is that, learners can access it at their own pace, within the set time. In addition, they do not need to travel to the training centers to attend the training. The compatibility of web browsers with videos, audios, animation, and other media elements, make it a user-friendly medium to deliver the training. On the flip side, to embrace this learning, the learner needs to meet a certain set of system requirements (additional bandwidth and software).
2. Computer-based training
It is training accessed offline on computers. This type of interactive training worked wonders before the advent of the Internet. It allows learners learn at their pace and the training progress is tracked by the computer, hence assigning grades instantly. In addition, instructors can also track the training progress. It uses various multimedia elements to engage the learner.
3. CD-ROM based learning
This is an obsolete training model where the training material was recorded onto compact disks and accessed on the system without Internet connection. Today, eLearning has come a long way from CD-ROM to mobile-based learning. However, a few organizations are still using this outdated form of learning to distribute training material.
A webinar is a training or a workshop delivered over the web using videoconferencing software. The best part of this form of training is that, you can host a large group, interact and brainstorm, and share applications and documents with the other participants. In simple terms, it mimics the traditional classroom, where you can interact with the instructor and other learners. You can deliver all kinds of trainings through this form of eLearning. A few of them include product sales training and HR training.
5. Virtual Classroom
It is an online portal through which learners can attend the training right from the comfort of their own place. This is similar to a traditional classroom, but the instructor and learners’ login from different places, virtually. This uses various synchronous technologies such as web conferencing, video conferencing, etc. to enable global learners attend the training, communicate with each other, and view videos at the same time. Learners do not need to travel to attend the session, thus saving their money and time.
7. Mobile Learning
Mobile learning is a breakthrough in the e-learning world. In this form of learning, the training material is accessed by learners via mobile devices, anywhere anytime with just a few taps. Now, sales reps are able to go through the training material before meeting customers to refresh product knowledge at their pace. Mobile learning also allows employees collaborate, discuss, and learn with their peers and managers across the globe. Collaborative learning
In this type of training, both the instructor and learners interact and share knowledge, either offline or online. In simple terms, it is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Employees can gain knowledge and acquire new skills by interactions and employees who could not make it to the online session can participate in online forums, live chats, instant messaging, and use message boards.
8. Video-based Learning
In this mode, training is imparted to end-users via engaging videos. This is ideal to grab the attention of unmotivated learners. Basically, videos with less content and more images glue the audience to their seats throughout the training. This video-based training material can be accessed round the clock from anywhere, thus allowing learners watch the video as many times as they want and learn at their own pace. A plethora of studies has proven that 80% of people grasp things by seeing them. In fact, it gives a feel of someone guiding the learners. This medium is interactive, engaging, and yields positive learning outcomes.
9. Custom ELearning
In this form of e-learning, you can develop courses to suit your content and business requirements. You do not need any license, access the courses with limited system requirements, and gain personalized learning experiences. In simple words, custom e-learning courses are not generic; rather they deliver what learners expect. This addresses the organization’s goals and delivers content you want your learners to assimilate and retain.
10. Off-the shelf eLearning
This comprises training material that is already developed and ready to be used by the end-users. The best part of catalog eLearning courses is that, they fulfill the urgent training requirement, deliver content in multiple languages, and are cost-effective to train small departments.
The above mentioned are the various eLearning modes. Undeniably, training delivered through any of these forms imprints the essence in the learners’ mind, hence making it productive for organizations.
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