eLearning has grown in a big way over the last few years.
Many organisations have taken on a technology-led approach to training as eLearning techniques have become more affordable, accessible and innovative. Here at Discover eLearning we’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of people requiring our services and support in the North East and further afield.
However, there are still those who don’t believe that eLearning is the way forward. They feel that technology-led learning lacks value or is a passing fad. This is of course untrue, and there are several counter arguments to those who won’t accept that learning goes way beyond a series of bullet points or video.
eLearning supports numerous learning styles
Due to learning management systems being so flexible and easy to customise, eLearning can fit in with whatever style of learning you like.
Organisations we work with always want a personalised presentation style to their content, so we always aim to make sure our material doesn’t come across as being ‘off the shelf’. It can be tailored to suit any target audience in a way that will be most engaging to them.
eLearning can be as effective as live training
The biggest eLearning methodology employed today in many organisations is ‘blended learning’, where eLearning techniques are brought into a real world classroom.
This ensures that the best bits of learning in the classroom – for example a readily available teacher or lecturer – can be combined together with the engagement and efficiency boosting qualities of digital learning.
Administration of the learning process is made easier
With a bespoke learning management system, managing data and reporting can be made easy due to it being fully automated.
LearnDash LMS is a highly flexible way of managing learning online for a potentially unlimited number of users. The LMS is capable of providing engagement data on a per learner basis, as well as larger analytics such as SCORM to effectively market and tailor courses for improved performance.
Refresh your skills and job prospects
Real world work skills can be developed through MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) that allow people to learn from experts in their chosen field at major universities for free.
eLearning courses can also have accreditation such as Mozilla’s Open Badges that can be used to boost a CV and improve job prospects. Discover eLearning’s chosen learning management system, LearnDash LMS, incorporates Open Badges so users can actively show what skills they have learned over time.
eLearning policies don’t have to be complicated
There may be the misconception amongst eLearning cynics that implementing a digital learning policy may turn out to be complicated and expensive. This doesn’t need to be the case, as eLearning can be integrated with an organisation’s existing technology with minimal fuss.
eLearning also suits how learning in general has become less formal, as learners can study at home or bring in their own devices to a classroom or workplace. This itself can save an organisation a lot of expense and hassle.
eLearning isn’t just for the young
Despite its association with new technology and the digital age, every generation can feel included in an eLearning strategy. Any accessibility issues can be solved with features such as audio descriptions, subtitling and magnifying.
The design of eLearning can be tailored to an approach that is going to engage with a specific target audience. If a particular demographic engages better with video, that’s perfectly fine – we can focus on that if needed.
Overall, there’s no reason why eLearning can’t be adopted by any organisation. Due to the flexibility of eLearning, it can overcome pretty much any technological limitation and be monitored effectively. Courses can be tailored for any target audience, and can both compliment or totally replace classroom learning if needed.