Establishing an eLearning Solution within your Organization

Posted by Ed Gipple on Feb 11, 2014 12:40:00 PM

All types of training have their strengths and weaknesses; the best approach is often dictated by the purpose, need, environment, and overall situation. However, some organizations may have not yet delved into online training due to misconceptions or a simply not being comfortable with the jump into eLearning.

 

Fortunately, since there are several advantages to web-based training, there are also a several reasons why implementing an eLearning initiative – whether fully or phased-in as supportive and hybrid solutions – is a smart move. For example, through eLearning:

  • Knowledge retention is promoted through self-paced interaction and iteration.
  • Traditional training programs recognize significant cost savings – from travel, to printing expenses, to facilities and equipment rental fees.
  • Online learners often score higher on standardized tests than classroom learners.
  • Certification requirements can be accessed anywhere, at any time, with mobile implementations.
  • Companies have improved the employee productivity by 50% and cut overall instruction time by up to 60%.
  • Tracking user’s certifications, continuing-education credits, and general subject-matter knowledge can all be centralized.
  • Organizations find they are more responsive to employee requirements and current with training theories.
  • Social learning and capturing tribal knowledge is improved.
  • Internal resources and training expenses can be optimized through a ‘flipped-hybrid’ approach – where online sessions compliment and support traditional ILT.
  • Various forms of content (policies, presentation, handbooks, facilitator/participant guides, etc.) can finally be centralized.
(see our “ Is eLearning Worth It” whitepaper for further details)
Overall, transitioning to a well-defined eLearning plan offers your organization an opportunity to recognize several benefits. A number of integrated SCORM/LMS and xAPI/LRS products are available and growing, allowing for an ideal elearning solution for most any organizational requirement. Overall, the “The traditional classroom is becoming less prevalent as a delivery method, while the virtual one is emerging.” Chief Learning Officer