While face to face training is still the most popular method of training delivery, online learning is becoming increasingly popular and can be combined with traditional classroom training to create a blended learning approach.
Online learning offers a number of benefits including:
- Increased Knowledge Retention
Online learning is proven to increase knowledge retention by 25% to 60%. Shorter bitesize modules and regular testing make it easier for people to recall what they have learnt. Following up a classroom course with an online learning module can help learners to retain information and gives them a chance to further develop their skills on their own.
Online learning provides flexibility that makes learning on the go possible, learning can now take place anywhere and at any time. This flexibility makes it easier for people to fit training into their busy schedules but at a time that is suitable for them, at a time when they are willing and want to learn.
- Self-paced & self-directed learning
Online learning puts the user back in control leaving them responsible for their own learning journey, allowing them to work independently and at their own pace. Learners can not only decide when they should learn, but also what they should learn. This enables them to focus their time and attention on the skills they feel they need to develop most.
Many people view learning as a means of achieving not only their job-related objectives but also career growth opportunities. Online learning satiates this appetite for continuous development and upskilling as it is available 24/7. This makes it a hugely motivational tool for keen learners encouraging them to pursue their goals.
- Suits different learning styles
One size does not fit all when it comes to learning, there are many different types of learner and each type needs a different method of teaching. Using online learning to complement classroom training means that all the different learning styles; visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinaesthetic are covered. Online learning is also great for independent learners, while a classroom environment is great for people who work better with others.
- Personalised learning
Online learning enables different teams and individuals to focus on different modules, different courses or different learning themes depending on their job role and their own strengths and weaknesses. This creates a more personalised learning experience and a more efficient way of training your people.
Online learning whether used as a complete learning solution or as an additional support to traditional classroom training undoubtedly provides a huge number of benefits. If you think online learning would work well in your business we offer an eLearning portal for all your communication skills training needs. If you want to create a more personalised learning experience for your learners check out our eLearning bundles to focus on a specific set of communication skills and choose from our 8 core learning themes.
Get in touch to talk to us about building a training solution that suits your needs and business requirements. We can help create the right blend of online and offline training for you.