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Training through eLearning has many advantages

ELearning has so many advantages over traditional learning methods that it has quickly eclipsed classroom time as the dominant form of educating employees on the job.

ELearning is the future of on-the-job training. It has so many advantages over traditional learning methods that it has quickly eclipsed classroom time as the dominant form of educating employees on the job. Though in some cases there is still an argument to be made for using some classroom time to augment an eLearning course, most organizations realize that the days of training with an instructor are in the past.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's Learning and Development 2015 survey, 76 percent of businesses now use some form of eLearning in their corporate training and more than 90 percent say it is very useful either on it's own or combined with other methods of learning.

Many businesses have jumped at the opportunities to save time and money by educating their workforce through electronic methods, but not all. If your company still hasn't made the switch, here are just a few reasons to consider it:

Courses taught through eLearning methods are much more flexible.
Courses taught through eLearning methods are much more flexible.

Flexibility
When a company commits to eLearning, it empowers its employees to take ownership of what they are doing. The typical course is broken up into small discrete chunks of information called modules and each employee is given a deadline by which they need to complete all of the modules according to a TrainingZone blog post contributed by Optimus Sourcing. Workers can complete the course at their own pace and in their own time. Some may have the flexibility to take a day and work on all of them in one long session, while others may need to check off one or two modules at a time while they have a free moment. With eLearning both methods work, and give greater choice to the employee.

The module-style design of an eLearning course also makes it easy to tailor to each employee. With small, discrete modules covering just one topic, workers can spend as much or as little time with the information as they need. This allows trainees who are familiar with a specific topic to skim through it and move onto other sections they need more time with according to Optimus Sourcing.

Mobility
The design of eLearning modules means they can work on many different devices. ELearning can be done on the desktops, laptops, tablets and phones according to Optimus Sourcing meaning that an employee can work on the training materials whenever and wherever they happen to be. The mobility of an electronic course also allows companies that have employees spread out over a large area to keep their training consistent. A classroom setting works well for a small group of people in the same place, but it can become a burden if employees are not geographically clustered. With the mobility of eLearning a company can be sure that all of its employees are learning the same things at the same time regardless of where they are according to Business 2 Community contributor Darleen DeRosa.

Cost saving
Traditional classroom instruction can be expensive in a number of ways. First there is the cost to design and implement the course and the cost of paying an instructor to teach it. Sometimes classroom learning takes place in a location not near your company which adds in travel costs for the employees as well as lodging and meals while they attend, according to the TrainingZone post. Since eLearning can be done from wherever the employee is, it saves on those costs. It also doesn't require an instructor or a classroom, another place that businesses can save money.

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Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:56

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Useful article. Hope many things will change due to online training,
Few percentage of cost will be save.

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