There are many benefits to e-Learning, these include, but are not limited to:
Taking staff out of the workplace for a given period of time can be costly to the organisation. So, the ROI (return on investment) is often much lower given the expense of the training together with the expense of having your staff member away from the office.
CONSISTENT MESSAGE TO ALL LEARNERS
One of the risks in traditional classroom training, is that the trainer / facilitator can omit certain key learning areas (often due to time contraints) whereas with e-Learning, all content will be covered.
The learners, having performed the assessment have instant feedback on whether or not they are competent.
Learners are able to log on and work through the course at their own pace. Traditional (classroom based) training often delays the learning process whilst fast learners have to wait for their slower colleagues.
Learners “buy-in” to their own learning path. They select the courses they want to attend as well as their skills level.
GEOGRAPHICAL BARRIERS ELIMINATED
Learners located anywhere can have access to the training. Once again a reduction in costs for the employer as travel and hotel costs are eliminated.
NO TIME RESTRICTIONS
Traditional (classroom) training generally takes place during office hours. With e-Learning the learner is not bound to learn during office hours alone.
Although I do believe that e-Learning has its place, and the benefits to using it can be seen from the above, I wonder whether we will ever move away from the classroom entirely.
I dont believe we will as the interaction between trainer / learner, as well as from learner to learner is a critical element which cannot be ignored.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
The ideal, in my humble opinion, is for companies to offer both traditional and e-Learning models. Those learners who choose to follow the e-Learning route can then do so and the other can book themselves on a classroom training intervention.
However, even in the traditional learning environment, the course should have a “blended” approach of e-Learning used in conjunction with traditional training.
Simulations can be highly effective in classroom training and using e-Learning for the assessment side of the training can be of immense benefit to the organisation.
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