eLearning is is a great way to deliver learning content to participants ranging from topics like: compliance, performance training, soft skills development, and management practices. Learn about the major benefits of e-learning for employee training and development with a focus on manager, employee, and environmental needs.
eLearning and digital training can be delivered via any device that is enabled by internet connection or digital device including: mobile phone, laptop, tablet, or even an IoT device. The potential for scale and impact are far reaching, particularly for use in VR or Augmented Reality settings and comes with a number of benefits.
Benefits for Managers who want to train employees
- Ease of quality control – trainers and guest speakers can have bad days, or simply feel under the weather, eLearning courses allow managers to control the quality of training
- Consistent content – by developing an eLearning course managers get to share equal and consistent levels of knowledge with employees
- eLearning grows with your team – no matter 10 or 1000 eLearning has the innate ability to scale with your organization
- Automated compliance tracking – know exactly how many people have taken risk and independence compliance training and focus time managing stragglers
- AODA / Section 508 compliance – government regulations require training content to be delivered in multiple formats so that employees with impairments can access content to help them in their jobs
- Ease of access – leaders can determine ways employees can access training content that fits around their schedule
- Reduce travel and per diem costs – for the cost conscious manager flying employees, putting them into a hotel, may not always be the best option for auxiliary training
- Confidentiality and security – when managing proprietary training content, eLearning allows for the security management and lowers the risk of exposure
Benefits for Employees and their development
- Learn from any screen they want– with technologies like HTML5 and mobile responsive design, employees can learn on the go or right at their desk as eLearning becomes increasingly mobile
- Customized speed of learning – employees can adjust the speed of how content is delivered meaning either increased effectiveness or efficiency depending on the participant
- Safe and private learning – training courses can provide a private learning environment where participants can explore and interact with content in their own privacy
- Certificates and recognition – upon completion eLearning courses can offer certificates for employees as proof of competition or excellence that can be displayed
- Lowers risk of occupational hazards – eLearning can showcase hazards and risks in the workplace in a vivid and controlled manner, so that employees can avoid problematic situations and reduce incident rates by as much as one-third (source)
- Increases job satisfaction: a wide assortment of eLearning helps employees feel well cared for in their desire to learn and grow. Learning and development opportunities are often cited as a reason why people choose new jobs (source)
- Instant feedback and development – eLearning provides tailored learning experiences that provide instant feed back so employees can learn without the long cycles of performance reviews or colleague responses to email
- Improves retention of learning – eLearning can engage, auditory, visual, haptic, and motor skills to create a multi-faceted retention that is more resilient to being forgotten or lost, with some experts measuring an increase from 25% to 65% retention rates (source)
- Enables interaction with remote colleagues – collaborative eLearning can allow geographically distant teams to collaborate and learn from one another (source)
Benefits for the environment when using eLearning for employee training
- Reduces carbon emissions – by not having to transport trainers and participants there are fewer carbon fuels be expended
- Bring your own device training – employees can use their own devices and do not require specialized equipment to participate, meaning less drain on precious metals and resources
- Avoids consumption of plastic beverage containers – water and juice bottles are often served at training events and are harmful to the environment. Avoiding the use of these products helps the overall environment
- Allows for saving of paper – by creating digital content, paper can be saved when creating training, delivering training, and revising training
Example of how e-learning like augmented reality will change learning
Despite the latest tech promises and hype traditional eLearning offers a multitude of benefits for instructional designers or organization leaders, who need to reach and impact an audience with relevant and timely training.
It all comes down to the right people and technology
eLearning is an effective means of increasing your employee and team effectiveness when paired with the right people and technology. The outcome of eLearning done well can help support key processes in sales, operations, performance management, and compliance. Choosing the right people and technology will be the decisive factor of whether your eLearning investment will make an impact. Organizations continue to struggle with finding the right technology or people to deliver it. Though eLearning has many benefits there are pitfalls that can be mitigated alongside the right partner.
Mindfield Consulting has been delivering eLearning development for decades and helps organizations meet their most pressing challenges and opportunities with the right people and technology. The difference Mindfield offers is the ability to business case, delivery, and operationalize a strategic vision enabled by technology.