For companies looking to incorporate a mission critical training program, elearning offers many advantages when compared to face-to-face or traditional company training. Advancement, safety, and corporate processes are extremely important to companies competing in the marketplace and many businesses are turning to online learning to save money, time, and increase efficiency. Below find a few of the main opportunities a company can gain from implementing an online training program for their employees.
ELEARNING IS COST EFFECTIVE
An online training program reduces many costs that would normally be associated with classroom training, including: travel, instructors/speakes, materials, venue, lodging and meals. Important text packets and lesson plans can be updated quickly and easily electronically, and since they remain online, can save on printing costs while increasing accessibility.
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY
Online training allows employers to quickly on-board employees to changes and new company processes. A valid complaint about traditional classroom training, is that it is too time-consuming and its synchronous requirement takes away from valuable time that could have been spent on other work projects. With learning and training management systems, employees can participate in their online courses at any time and from any location – including at home, during down time at work, or anywhere–including their mobile device.
CONVENIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY
E-learning is really about freedom. Employees have the ability to participate in online training from anywhere with an internet connected device. This eliminates a lot of energy spent coordinating where and when a course will take place and how to accommodate for those in the training as well as who is working when employees are being trained. Gathering a whole team of employees together in one place is never easy. E-learning gives both management and employees freedom and flexibility.
Employees & employers are able to get real-time feedback during an online training session. Because everything is connected online, measured, and monitored, management can also get up-to-date analysis on how trainees are doing, and track their progress to successful completion.
Another benefit for management is the ability to monitor, track, and record satisfactory completion of course work.
Assessments can be integrated into trainings and the learning management system (LMS) can automate the scoring and evaluation of all participants over time.
E-learning gives companies the opportunity to create a fun and engaging training course through the use of videos, interactive slides, and even games. Engaging courses lead to better results by helping participants retain more of the information learned and provide for better educated employees.
Not every person learns the same way. Even though the course material can be consistent for all users, online learning allows each individual learner to control the pace and flow of the course. Because of the flexibility elearning provides, users can also take the course in an environment more conducive to their learning style.
The benefits of online learning are real and valuable. E-learning helps companies create a higher quality, more effective training experience for employees–quickly, easily, and inexpensively. When employees can be quickly trained and they’re more excited about their training, their engagement carries over into the rest of their work and positively impacts the company’s culture.
The ROI for companies that use elearning is vastly superior to traditional forms of corporate training.