The nature of e-learning makes it a perfect tool for discovering new skills and developing new specialist areas for the workplace. E-learning is designed to suit many different learning styles and it allows for learners to pace themselves appropriately. Fast learners can speed through and put their new skills into practice. Conversely, those who need more time can take it.
E-learning makes it easy to discover new skills and put them to good use because it is tailored to the learner. It also benefits the training organisation and employers too, so everybody benefits. Here are some of the key benefits that come with investment e-learning.
Some people work better first thing in the morning, others are true night owls. The beauty of e-learning is that it can be take place whenever suits the individual learner. This is ideal for working professionals who need to fit their new skill learning and practice around work commitments. It avoids the need to physically attend classes and new skills can be picked up easily and quickly.
E-learning is almost always more affordable for the learner and the training provider. It can make learning new skills a feasible option for people. Previously it may have been too costly. Paying less money means the learners may be able to invest in more courses and develop their skills more rapidly.
Diverse Learning Formats
As already mentioned different people have different learning styles and e-learning embraces this and offers varied options. Short digestible modules sit alongside lengthier lesson-style content as well as highly effective video content. Interactive elements such as quizzes and tests are valuable too. They allow learners to reflect on the kinds of content which work best for them and feedback to the training provider.
E-learning makes picking up a new skill easier than ever before. Many learners don’t just stop at one course either!
Although 2017 is well under way we still think it is worth looking back at the most popular and interesting e-learning trends of last year.
These trends are set to become standards in the current year so the more we know and share, the better. Here are five of the top trends of 2016.
The use of gaming in online training is set to continue to be popular in 2017. Interactive game-style learning in the work environment is a certain way to engage and encourage employees to push their skills to the next level. The gamification market is growing and the e-learning sector is a big part of this.
2. Competence-Based Training
Competency-based training is effective in helping individuals forge on with their careers. They provide a clear route to promotion for employees, thus making them popular with individual learners and the companies employing them. This type of learning allows for regular self-assessment and skill set evaluation, with view to furthering careers.
3. Mobile Learning
The modern learner wants to be able to access their courses easily and wherever they may be. This has led to the rise in mobile learning. 100% mobile-based learning management systems already exist, with others adding this dimension to their platform. They make it even easier to ensure employees have no excuse not to complete their training as it is so easily accessible.
4. Big Data
Big Data is instrumental in furthering the amount of information we store and use about our customers, or learners. Harnessing Big Data allows training providers to create more personalised and individual content. This ensures that each learner enjoys a customised learning experience tailored to their skills. Big Data analytics will also be central in shaping the future of e-learning.
5. Video-Based Training
Video training has been steadily growing in popularity, a trend which will continue in 2017. Almost everybody already recognises how engaging training through video is. More companies are investing in video-based e-learning programmes. They help ensure their employees are fully trained and able to access necessary course information suitable to their roles.
Inside Look into Video Part I: How Video Training Benefits your Business
Many employers find it hard to motivate staff to further their professional development or even complete necessary in-house courses. Forward thinking companies and management teams have recognised their online training and e-learning strategy needs to incorporate interactive elements and high on this list is video.
We’re going to go through many factors behind online video and exactly how and why it is something companies should be considering for their employees’ training and development. In this first part, we’re looking at the main benefits of opting for video as an aspect of your e-learning offering for your employees.
Corporate training events, weekends away and hiring professionals in gets very expensive. Investing in a video platform or your own unique company-focused video e-learning course or courses minimises the time needed for planning, organisation and costs which come with in-person training. Corporate video and online video training can be used for a wide range of types of training from product focused courses to onboarding. Online video training is also easily accessible and allows your employees the ease of accessing their courses on-the-go, at home or even via their mobile phone in some cases.
Traditional workplace training seminars and workshops can be uncomfortable and they can require a whole book’s worth of notes completed to collect every bit of information needed. This isn’t a learning style which suits everyone. Video is primarily visual and definitely appeals to visual learners but it also incorporates a wide range of learning styles, including aural, read/write and kinaesthetic learners. Video learners can pace themselves, pause and restart if needed, and ensure they fully absorb their course.
US statistics from market research company Nielsen found that 44% of all web video is viewed in the workplace, so you have a target audience. Your employees are already viewing video so why not focus them on your relevant, engaging and development content instead. When employees can access training videos they can choose to view them in their own time at their own pace and this adds a sense of flexibility which is much-wanted by many employees who don’t enjoy the rigidity of pre-scheduled training courses and the formal nature of in-office training.
Online video is a hugely engaging and effective way of teaching new skills and imparting knowledge to employees. Learners can maximise their own skills and enjoy the learning process too.