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.