Top 10 Benefits of elearning
Our Courseware Content Specialist Georgia Ash explains her top ten reasons why elearning can be a hugely useful tool, particularly in the health and social care sector.
You can learn at your own pace
Everyone is different, and so is the speed by which we learn things.
The beauty of an elearning course is that you decide how you absorb the information presented.
There is no one looking over your shoulder, no one forcing you to move on from something you don’t completely understand and no one deciding what speed you learn at!
You can to repeat slides, activities, videos, even entire topics if needed!
You, the learner, are in control.
IT Caters for everyone
Speed is not the only difference in how we learn.
With so many different learning styles (visual, auditory, reader/writers, kinaesthetic) standardised learning can be a challenge for many.
However, elearning is flexible and dynamic and uses multiple techniques in order to engage you, fill you with knowledge and get you ready to put this new knowledge in action.
There are scenarios, interactive questions, diagrams, videos and nowadays even games that cater for all types of learner.
This allows everyone to learn in a way in which they feel most comfortable.
You can access it anywhere, at any time
Being able to learn at your own speed and in your own way is all very well. But with conventional training you are seldom able to learn at a time which suits you.
As a web-based system, elearning is available anywhere with an internet connection.
Learn at home on your desktop computer.
Or sit in a coffee shop with your smartphone.
Maybe even lounge on a beach in the Bahamas with your tablet, sipping Pina Coladas, letting the warm waves lap against your feet.
The point is, elearning is accessible whenever you wish and you can use it in whatever setting you feel most comfortable in.
It has less on an impact on the environment
Speaking of beaches, let’s artfully segue into how elearning aids the environment.
The Open University estimates that an elearning course consumes 90% less energy and produces 85% less carbon dioxide than a comparable campus-based course.
No more plastic pens needed to write on reams of paper.
And online courses can eliminate the need for travel, accommodation, event hire and other equipment.
Which leads us nicely onto…
This is for the managers who have a budget to worry about.
With elearning being accessible from anywhere in the world, there is no need for unnecessary travel costs to training seminars, hiring the trainers themselves or creating vast quantities of physical course materials.
How much cheaper?
Well, that’s up for debate.
Most studies put the figure between 30%-60% cheaper. What is clear however, is that elearning’s cost effectiveness helps enhance the profitability of your business.
Training is essential, long course lengths are not.
Elearning is a great way to gain essential awareness about a particular subject in a short time span.
Realistically, who has time these days to take a three day course, especially if the information can be expressed clearly in a much shorter elearning course?
But shorter doesn’t mean less impactful. According to leading financial analyst Trace Urdan in his book Corporate e-learning: Exploring a new frontier, elearning can improve knowledge retention by 25% -60%.
We call that efficient!
It can be revisited when necessary
So why is knowledge retention so improved?
Well, no one can realistically be expected to remember every single nugget of information provided in a course, practical or online.
With elearning the content is still available and waiting for you to revisit and revise any subjects you may need to.
This saves time, effort and the costs associated with a refresher training course at an external site which could mean a day away.
Instead, refreshing your knowledge with elearning only requires you to log in.
It’s easy to keep up to date
One of the great things about elearning is that it is simple to change when new information becomes available.
In the health and social care sector, laws, regulations and best practices are changing almost constantly, and if all the trainers had to be whisked away to be retrained every time anything changed, you would always be weeks behind.
Elearning is often able to be updated on the day an important change such as new legislation comes into practice, so you can be sure that you are always learning from the most up to date material.
The content is consistent
In health and social care, it is imperative for everyone to be using the same practices and techniques consistently.
Elearning benefits from not having countless trainers for each subject, each one swearing by a different technique.
Instead everyone who undertakes the training has been given the same information and opportunity to learn as their colleagues.
And in great elearning, (like what we create at My Learning Cloud…) the content is written, checked and constantly reviewed by subject matter experts.
Administration is easier
All organisations need to be able to keep track of the training their employees complete, it is so important that there is a quick and easy way to get this information.
As elearning is all online there is no paperwork, and a good learning management system can make the administration of all your learning and development a breeze.
To give you an example I’ve just plucked, randomly out of the air…
With the My Learning Cloud learning management system, all of your elearning and practical training is stored in one place, your employees learning pathways can be completely automated to save you valuable time and any report you could possibly want can be created at the touch of a button. It is designed solely to make the life of a care home manager easier. Plus, it comes with over 70 fantastic elearning courses for the health and social care as standard.
If you’d like to find out more about My Learning Cloud or would like a demonstration give us a call on 0800 088 6109
By Georgia Ash, Content Specialist - Courseware, My Learning Cloud
28th August 2019