Today’s business operates in a real-time world where innovation rules, competitors appear from all corners, knowledge provides more leverage than capital, and the old rules no longer apply. Today’s business needs an edge. Consequently, continuous training, at all levels, has become an important requirement of any organization. When everything changes so rapidly, it is an uphill task to upgrade the employees (New & Old), constantly more often, within a short span of time effectively. Here’s where e-Learning steps in.
How it helps
E-Learning encompasses freedom, flexibility and the power to break free from the conventions of traditional learning methods. Commonly known as online learning (WBT) or computer based training (CBT), e-Learning does not require physical classroom attendance. Via the Internet or off line, the learning experience is delivered to the user personably and effectively
In a hybrid or blended learning approach, where face-to-face and online learning each have a specific role, the “anytime, anywhere” nature of web access makes it a flexible learner support tool before and after any face-to-face training session. The result is a more personalized and customized learning process that empowers the learner to take charge of the way they learn, with total control and flexibility – the way it should be. The learner takes centre stage to pace the learning process, while the instructor assumes the role of a coach, encouraging the learner to achieve the learning objectives
e-Learning has definite benefits over traditional instructor lead classroom training. Some of the major benefits are listed below:
High learning efficiency: eLearning courseware is created adapting some of the most effective learning and Instructional Design principles to maximize the learning efficiency of the learners.
Trainer independent: eLearning takes away the dependency on the trainers. Once the course ware is created and made available through proper learning management system, the learners can access the course ware and learn without depending on the instructor.
No restriction on batch size: In a typical corporate scenario, one needs a certain minimum / maximum batch size of the trainees, to optimize the cost of training, logistics and so on. When the number is too small, the cost is not viable and when it is large, the time taken for training is too long as the group has to be divided into multiple batches. eLearning takes away this problem completely. The course can be delivered to a single learner or thousands of learners at the same time.
Any time Anywhere: Learning becomes anytime, anywhere activity.
Self-paced: Most e-learning programs are self paced. As the learner learns according to his/ her pace of grasping the subject, the efficiency of the knowledge transfer is far better. This also improves the learner involvement in the learning process.
Faster learning: According to many studies, e-learning courses progress up to 50 percent faster than traditional courses.
Consistent: eLearning eliminates the problems associated with different instructors teaching in different styles and with varied level of effectiveness at different times, on the same subject. As the course ware is created with the best of training methodology, every learner is instructed with a consistent and the most effective method.
Increased retention: can revisit or replay sections of the training that might not have been clear the first time around. All these features increase the retention very much.
Easily updateable: eLearning contents can be updated easily and quickly. Changed contents can reach all the learners instantly, wherever they are. There is no need for training the trainers before the learners get the updated contents.
Easily manageable: With an efficient Learning Management System, eLearning can be easily managed even with large groups of students. Teachers and Administrators can keep track of the course offerings, schedules or assessments and track their progress and results. Teachers can review a student’s scores and identify any areas that need additional training.
Knowledge repository: eLearning creates a knowledge repository for the organization. The knowledge of various experts is captured and stored in the form of courseware. They remain for years to come, even after the experts leave the organization.
Cost benefits: eLearning can give a huge cost benefit to the organization and a much larger and quicker Return on Investment. Some of the areas of cost benefits are listed here:
Savings on cost of trainers: One time investment in an eLearning content keeps giving returns year after year without the cost of trainers.
Savings on infrastructure cost: Need for class rooms and training set ups are reduced greatly as the learning happens in virtual environment.
Savings on travel cost: The cost of travel and stay of either the trainers or the trainees is reduced to a great extent. Learners need not travel at all, wherever they are.
Cuts non-productive time: When trainees are to be drawn from production line for a longer period for training, the productivity suffers. eLearning provides the option of blending the learning hours within their productive working hours or outside their regular working hours.
Savings on training material: Cost of training material, course materials, etc are greatly reduced.
Low Assessment cost: On line assessment and evaluation can reduce the cost and time of assessment / examination to a great extent.