Have you found the switch to elearning from classroom training a difficult transition for your learners? Or are you keen to make the case for a greater focus on elearning in your workplace (and aware that some of your colleagues are a little resistant to the idea)? Find out some of the key benefits for employees:
1: Save time
Think about a traditional classroom-based training session. Add up all the time involved: the session itself, travelling to the training location and back (and possibly even staying overnight), lunch breaks and coffee breaks… that’s a whole chunk of hours you’re never going to get back. And while there’s certainly still a place for classroom learning, the vast majority of formal training at work can be effectively delivered online. Your time is valuable – for you, and for your employer. Claim it back!
2: Go at your own pace, not the instructor’s
We’ve all been in a classroom situation (whether at work or back at school) where we’re just not matching up with the teacher’s pace. Sometimes it feels like the instructor is spending far too long on one concept; sometimes it’s the opposite, and they rush ahead before we feel like we’ve ‘got it’. With well-designed elearning, you’re in control. Already know a chunk of content? Move a bit quicker through that section. Struggling to grasp something technical? Spend a little longer, or come back to it a few times. Not to mention, you can dip in and out of a course when it suits your working pattern, rather than being confined to a training room at a certain time. All of this means you can spend more focused effort on learning in ways that suit you and your role.
3: Revisit when you need to
Most elearning courses will be available for a while, so even if you’ve technically completed the certification or module, you can browse back through to reacquaint yourself with the material. If a course has been well thought out, it will often include resources that you can download and keep handy. A great example of this could be a process document that you can refer to while you’re working. This reinforces the training you’ve received, and helps you to apply what you’ve learned in a convenient way.
4: Hit the ground running
Have you ever started a new job, then had to wait three weeks before the next round of classroom induction sessions was due to start? Talk about frustrating! You want to get on with your job as soon as you can, and your employers want to support you in that goal. With elearning, all the induction information can be at your fingertips. Of course there’s no replacement for a good quality discussion with a manager or an experienced peer, but these more personal learning opportunities sit nicely alongside a comprehensive, consistent bank of online courses.
5: Master skills
It’s satisfying to know that you’re doing a good job, and learning is key to making sure you’re reaching your full potential. But elearning isn’t just a handy tool for meeting compliance regulations, or getting up to speed with the basics of your role. Used well, it can be an excellent way to develop your skills throughout your whole career. This requires learners, managers and learning and development departments to communicate effectively – sometimes easier said than done – but if you have access to relevant, focussed courses as and when you need them, your performance at work can only improve. The best employers are invested in the growth of their people, not just their profits. Elearning can be a cost-effective and convenient way to achieve this.