One of the impacts of the credit crunch has been a fresh look at the potential of e-learning. In this latest article we have decided to take a look at the benefits of e-learning for organisations and the individual learner.
There is little argument that e-learning can be more cost effective to deliver than classroom based training especially for larger organisations. E-learning is more cost effective because there becomes a reduction in training time (known as learning compression). This is because the single largest cost of training in organisations is the cost of staff attending the training course, rather than the direct delivery costs in terms of trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation. E-learning can deliver benefits by reducing the time it takes to train people because:
- Learners can study at their own pace and not that of the slowest member of the group
- There is less social interaction time and unnecessary chat
- Very often in classroom training, time is spent on questions/topics which are irrelevant to needs of the individual learner
- It takes less time to start and wind up a learning session
- Learners learn what they need to learn, they can skip elements of the subject matter that they don’t need to learn
- There is less travel time to and from an event
Training time and costs can be greatly reduced with e-learning!
BENEFITS TO THE INDIVIDUAL LEARNER
– Learn from the comfort of your own home – One of the greatest advantages of e-learning is that you can study anywhere – even in the comfort of your own home. You can avoid the stress of travelling to a venue which may be miles away from home or having to organise accommodation which entails extra cost and inconvenience.
– Working in a remote location? – Training can become a logistical nightmare if you are working away for long periods of time in remote locations such as oil rigs etc. E-learning is the perfect solution for individuals and organisations in these circumstances and can become a highly effective communication tool.
– Flexibility – Life is busy! E-learning is extremely flexible allowing you to study at any time which suits you. This is great for those with full time jobs or those with children. You can schedule to study when it best suits you so you don’t have to compromise your other commitments or interests. You can also study at your own pace in bite sized chunks.
– Focused Learning – E-learning allows you to focus more on subject matter which you may not feel as confident on. A class environment can sometimes make you feel uneasy if you are struggling to understand a certain topic. Alternatively, you can skip over other areas which you are more comfortable with. You can spend time going over self test questions and ensure that you are fully prepared should you wish to take the APMP exam. Studying through the Internet is actually a very rewarding experience.
– Self Disciplined – E-learning provides you with 20 hours of Project Management training. The online student takes responsibility for their own course of studies. You will learn to develop the techniques of self-discipline, self motivation and time management. Every one of these disciplines is of immeasurable value.
IS E-LEARNING EFFECTIVE?
Many studies and surveys undertaken around e-learning have concluded that learners actually learn more using computer based instruction than they do through traditional classroom methods. The learning most suited to e-learning conversion includes information and knowledge, and processes and procedures.
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