Why E-Learning?

Gillian looks at the benefits of E-Learning for organisations in her latest blog post. If you would like to learn more or receive a demonstration on Gravitate HR’s E-Learning module, then please contact one of our advisers in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

E-learning is fantastic! If done right, it can produce great results by decreasing costs and improving performance. Also, unlike a one-off classroom session, the e-learning course is available to use again and again and can be accessed anywhere by unlimited learners.

  1. E-learning Supports the Organisation’s Goals
  • Improved training costs. Producing learning content is time consuming whether it’s online or not.  With e-learning, each time the course is accessed you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses so it increases return on investment.  You also have savings through decreased travel, reduced material, and hopefully improved (and more efficient) performance.
  • Increased productivity.  Because e-learning is not bound by geography or time, you can control training’s impact on production by training people during down times.  E-learning is a great way to give staff the tools and skills needed to enhance their performance.
  • Employer of choice. People want opportunities to grow.  One way is offering a range of e-learning courses. Staff can spend fifteen minutes learning to better manage meetings or improve working with peers.  Offering these opportunities to learn can make your organisation a place people want to stay.
  • Legal compliance.  E-learning can present dull, but necessary content in a fun and interactive way and assess and record employees’ learning. This means the organisation can demonstrate the efforts taken to train staff.
  1. E-learning Supports the Learner’s Development
  • Real-time access.  Live learning events require that those who participate align their schedules to the training calendar.  E-learning eliminates this because the course can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
  • Freedom to fail.  Let’s face it, real learning requires some failure.  But no one likes to fail in a classroom full of other people.  E-learning lets you fail without fear which encourages exploration and testing of ideas.  With the right feedback, you create a great learning environment.  Worst case scenario, you can always start again; something you can’t always do in class.
  • Improved retention.  The combination of multimedia and instructional design can produce a very rich learning experience that is repeatable.  Throw in some good practice activities with feedback and you have a learning environment that’s going to help your learners retain the course content which will produce results.
  • Personalised learning.  People are different and adults like to control how they learn.  E-learning allows you to offer control to them in a way that classroom learning doesn’t.

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