The benefits of eLearning are low cost, flexibility, time management, versatile learning systems and tailored training. No two people learn in the same way or at the same speed. We are all different. Learning courses take this into account and enable learners to access a flexible and versatile learning system which can be tailored by the individual or organisation they work for, to fit in with their unique circumstances.
Furthermore, eLearning is low cost in comparison to instructor led training. As such, more and more learners and organisations are choosing to eLearning as their go-to training provider.
Traditional instructor led training often involves the booking of a venue, catering, travel and materials. This is before the costs for the training itself and time lost from the working day. Training often spans an entire morning or days and presents a great disruption to the working day.
E-learning presents a straightforward and sensible alternative to this. E-learning offers great benefits to the individual and organisation and vastly reduces the training time as:
- Learners are in control and can study at their own pace
- There are less distractions from others
- During classroom training issues can go off topic and waste time
- There are no introductions or housekeeping necessary
- Learners can skip topics which are not relevant to them
- There is no travel time
For the learner the greatest advantage to eLearning is the freedom to complete courses in their own time in a tailored and flexible way:
Learners can complete courses at home, in the office, even on public transport! The possibilities are endless. As long as the learner has access to a compatible device they can complete courses wherever they choose. Perhaps your work is in a remote location? This can be very difficult for training. With eLearning this is not a problem, as it can be delivered anywhere, remote locations pose no problems.
E-learning also allows you to study at a time that suits you. If you’re a night owl who often works best late at night, this is no problem at all. We live and work in 24 hour environment and there is no reason for training to be any different. Why shouldn’t you study at a time which suits you? This is perfect for anyone juggling children, working unsociable hours or needing to fit training in whenever they can. There is no need to compromise and lose time and money. And you can work at your own pace, completing a little at a time or doing it all at once, it’s up to you!
As a result of this, there is no pressure. Most of us have been in a classroom environment and not felt confident about the subject. Perhaps the training is moving too quickly or you are interested in a particular topic and would like to go over it again. E-learning allows you to move through the training entirely at your own pace.
It’s also great for the environment
When considering the environment, online courses are a no-brainer. With less travel and materials it promotes a much more environmentally friendly way to deliver training.
And finally: E-learning is effective!
This is the greatest benefit of eLearning. Of course, the purpose of any training is to learn something and be able to apply it. Many studies have concluded that eLearning is highly effective, much more so than traditional classroom methods of training. With flexibility, tailored courses, no pressure and by having control over the process, learners are much more likely to take in, retain and apply the information they have learnt. And this has endless benefits for the individual and organisation.