With the internet now accessible on multiple types of devices, so too is web-based e-learning. Teachers and those who want to learn can be connected regardless of where they are in the world. This is even better for businesses who can use e-learning to compare performance across company sites and against global benchmarks.
So, what does this mean in terms of employee development?
E-learning can eliminates the need for classroom-based learning, which, in turn, reduces the cost of training and development for employees. Not only can e-learning reduce the need for teachers and learners to be brought together for costly training events, content can be easily (and cost-effectively) replicated for the use of other learners on different devices. By focusing learning and development investment on e-learning, companies can reduce costs in the long run.
The very nature of e-learning makes it a much more convenient way of learning. There is no need to travel to the classroom – the classroom can be accessed online. Learners can choose where and when to learn and do so in the best way to suit their favoured learning style. This increased convenience makes a company’s training and development strategy both more efficient and more effective. In short: e-learning helps employees learn more, more quickly.
A blended approach to learning employs a variety of different delivery methods. This approach is shown to result in better knowledge retention, so including e-learning in your training and development strategy is proven to be beneficial. In addition to this, there are a number of e-learning features that help learners retain knowledge more effectively. Those include bite-sized learning, learner-specific content and learning at times of the employee's choosing.