ELearning has come a long way in the last 10 years. From a hypothetical possibility to an educational curiosity to a valid alternative for instruction, eLearning has grown by leaps and bounds. It now plays a vital and growing role in the field of corporate learning and development. In 2013, companies and organisations spent over $150 billion on educating employees, and roughly 30 percent of this money went to eLearning. That makes e-Learning an industry taking in more than $60 billion a year.
The sheer novelty of sharing educational materials online made eLearning thrilling when it first got started. The last ten years have seen tremendous changes in the way we work and learn using online resources. ELearning needs to keep evolving in order to take full advantage of the latest possibilities created by the changing face of communications technology.
ELearning an evolution in business training
Let’s take a step back and consider the core challenges facing employee training. How do you make sure that important information is genuinely conveyed to and retained by participating employees? How do you translate the effort invested in training into performance improvements? Perhaps most importantly, how do you measure and track the effectiveness of your training methods?
These are problems that modern eLearning systems are grappling with every day. In many cases, online education is treated exactly like classroom instruction: A one-time event that has no formal connection to future performance and no reinforcement to ensure that information is actually retained. All too often, the only sign we get that a training program is ineffective is when serious mistakes can be traced back to training failures. How can eLearning work to change this picture and make training more effective?
The latest efforts in the field combine everything that expert educators have learned about learning and cognition with newly-developed technology and effective educational trends to produce better results. On the technology side, modern eLearning embraces developments like SaaS, “bring your own device” IT structures, and cloud software. In terms of methodology, good programs make full use of developments like gamification, adaptive learning, and social integration.
The latest refinements in eLearning:
By approaching training from a more detailed standpoint, essential lessons can be broken down into small key points and spread out over time. This reflects the latest research which tells us that the human brain has a sharp limit on how much information it can digest at once. Smaller, more frequent lessons translate into better retention and less fatigue.
We use modern learning techniques to reinforce key educational points over time. Examples include interval repetition and repeated retrieval. This ensures that employees have the time and motivation they need to integrate and digest what they learn. Repeated studies have shown that questioning a student’s core knowledge acquisition repeatedly is the best way to encourage permanent retention.
We apply direct questioning and data acquisition to verify the effectiveness of our training programs. How successfully are employees absorbing the material, and how well are they doing when tested on their training? The data we collect makes it easy to see connections between training activities and business performance.
Elearning on the move
By fully embracing the possibilities of the latest technology, employees are able to learn wherever and whenever it’s convenient. Additionally, key training materials can be made accessible at any time, allowing them to serve as helpful references during the performance of job duties.
Our eLearning platform combines each of these to deliver high quality training anywhere, anytime and can be used either in isolation or as a supplement to classroom based training. Complete with a full engagement package as well as extensive performance tracking and analytics you can ensure that employees are engaged in their learning experience from day one.
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