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For companies looking to incorporate a new training program, e-learning offers numerous advantages when compared to face-to-face or classroom learning. Advancement and efficiency are extremely important to businesses today, and many organizations are turning to e-learning to save money, time, and energy. Here’s a breakdown of some of the main benefits a company can gain from implementing an online training platform.
Cost effective
An online training system reduces many costs that would normally be associated with classroom training, including travel, learning materials, venue, and catering. Important text packets and lesson plans can be updated quickly and easily, and since they remain online, can save on printing costs. In years past, updating and reproducing learning material would be costly and timely. Moving the learning experience online helps with both of those concerns.
Improved performance and productivity
People are always looking for opportunities to grow. Online training allows employees to quickly get up to speed on new processes. One major complaint about older style training methods is that the time consuming nature of the programs take away from valuable time that could have been spent on other work. With Training Management Systems, employees can participate in their online courses at any time from any location – including at home, during down time at work, or anywhere else they feel is appropriate.
Convenience and flexibility
E-learning means no boundaries. Employees have the ability to participate in online courses from anywhere with an internet connection. This eliminates a lot of energy spent coordinating where and when a course will take place. Gathering a whole team of employees together in one place is never easy. E-learning gives both management and employees more flexibility with getting important training completed just-in-time as requirements change.
Timely feedback
Employees are able to get real-time feedback during an online training course. Additionally, because everything is connected online, management can also get up-to-date analysis on how courses are doing, and track the progress of individual employees. Another bonus for management? No manual evaluations of course work. If you want to include quizzes in your training, all course authors need to do is provide the correct answers, and the learning management system can automate the grading and evaluation.
Easier access to information
We all know that referring back to sloppy hand-written notes taken during training sessions is not the most effective way to retain information. Online training helps take paper out of the equation altogether. E-learning materials are stored online, so employees can access important resources any time they encounter a question or difficult situation. And really, isn’t that the point of the training anyway?
Improved retention
E-learning gives companies the opportunity to create a fun and engaging training course through the use of videos, interactive slides, and even games. These intriguing courses lead to better results by helping employees retain more of the information learned.
Personalized learning
Not every employee learns the same way. Even though the course material is consistent for all users, e-learning allows each individual learner to control the pace of the course. Because of the flexibility e-learning provides, users can also take the course in an environment more conducive to their learning style.
The benefits of online learning are plentiful. But here’s where businesses may be the most interested: the bottom line. E-learning will help companies create a higher quality, more effective training experience for employees, all at a more affordable cost. When employees can be more excited about training, their engagement carries over into the rest of their work. A company’s ROI from an online training implementation can be felt strongly and immediately.
Article sourced: www.getbridge.com
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