E-learning Supports the Organization’s Goals
Improved training costs - With e-learning, each time the course is accessed your return on investment improves because you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses. You also have savings through decreased travel, reduced material, and hopefully improved (and more efficient) performance.
Decreased material costs - Let’s say you have to train how to arrange equipment in a sterile environment like an operating room. If you had to use the real environment, it would be costly. By creating the environment online and letting the learner practice, you never have to worry about the costs associated with set up, use, and clean up.
Increased productivity - Because e-learning is not bound by geography or time, you can control training’s impact on production by training people during down times. E-learning is a great way to give them the tools and skills needed to enhance their performance.
Standardization - You may have a great facilitator, but that’s no guarantee that the courses are presented the same across sessions. E-learning allows you to create a standardized process and consistency in the delivery of content.
E-learning Supports the Learner’s Development
Real-time access - Live learning events require that those who participate align their schedules to the training calendar. E-learning eliminates this because the course can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
Freedom to fail - Let’s face it, real learning requires some failure. But no one likes to fail in a classroom full of other people. E-learning lets you fail without fear. Worst case, you can always start over. Something you can’t always do in class.
Improved retention - The combination of multimedia and instructional design can produce a very rich learning experience that is repeatable. You will have a learning environment that’s going to help your learners retain the course content which will produce results.
Personalized learning - Look out the window at your parking lot. My guess is that you’ll see a dozen or more different cars. They all do the same thing, yet we have personal opinions about what we want to drive. The same for learning. Learners want control. Elearning allows you to offer control to the learners in a way that classroom learning doesn’t.