- The most important part of employee development is training.
- The online webcasts and seminars have replaced distant seminars and workshops, not totally but significantly enough to where companies can train more employees for less money.
- E-learning is advantageous due to its simplicity, flexible logistics, immediate feedback and results.
- Online learning and training is still a relatively young industry, promising a rich future of breakthroughs. New models of teaching are already emerging that have the potential to take online learning to even greater accomplishments.
If you ask any human resources professional what do they consider as the most important part in employee development, most of them will likely tell you that it is the training. The work environment is always in constant change; therefore keeping staff up to date with change is very important to the way business is conducted. Without a well-trained and informed staff, customers will go elsewhere. Sending employees off to a conference or seminar for training is expensive as travel, hotel accommodations, food, and other aspects can cost their organizations a lot of money. Not to mention the time that employees must spend away; training can cost thousands of dollars added to the cost of employee development.
The online webcasts and seminars have replaced distant seminars and workshops, not totally but significantly enough to where companies can train more employees for less money. The online seminars (or webinars) can be accessed from any computer that has an internet connection. Companies may develop in-house seminars, which are recorded and are viewable at a later date or distributed to customers and colleagues. Many webinars are free and can be viewed by anyone.
The online training can be accomplished by having employees view webcasts collectively or at separate times, especially if having your staff available to serve customers is important. Companies also realize that videotaping their own seminars and making them available online can be a great way to promote their products and to gain new customers.
Key advantages of e-learning include:
- Improved open access to education, including access to full degree programs
- Better integration for non-full-time students, particularly in continuing education
- Improved interactions between students and instructors
- Provision of tools to enable students to independently solve problems
- Acquisition of technological skills through practice with tools and computers
- No age-based restrictions on difficulty level (i.e. students can go at their own pace)
Simple and Flexible Logistics: After location, time is the greatest limitation on learning. That goes for both the instructors and the students, each of whom has to be both available and in alignment with the other for face-to-face instruction. By removing that requirement, everyone involved can participate at a time, and for a duration, that suits his or her schedules.
Immediate Results and Feedback: Anyone who has graded papers knows it can get tedious, and it is time-consuming. Many of the most popular standardized tests, in fact, still rely on evaluation techniques that slow results. Most online learning technologies integrate online quizzes and other tools to more rapidly evaluate the pace of learning.
Better Retention: With clever design, user experience and multimedia, online instruction can prove to be a richer and more effective learning experience than traditional methods and channels.
Greater Access to Expertise: In any country, there are only a handful of cities that can claim among their residents the experts in every field of study. Take away the limitations of geography, and expertise is free to travel almost anywhere. This transformation allows information on highly specialized subjects to reach more people, paving the way for advances in fields from telemedicine to non-profit charities.
The Most Up-to-Date Content at Much Lower Cost: The sticker shock associated with the textbook market is not news to anyone who has enrolled in even a single college course. And yet, despite the cost, our knowledge of most subjects continues to grow and evolve, making $200 textbooks unreliable with a few years, and eventually of no use at all. The remote delivery of curriculum allows instructors to keep materials up-to-date, and the lower costs over time remove what for some are insurmountable obstacles to furthering their education.
A Better Fit for 21st Century Businesses: As companies become more globally focused, co-workers are more likely to work in different places, if not on different continents. Online learning can help prepare employees to excel in today’s scattered and virtual office. For those already working up the career ladder, online learning makes use of resources and technologies already at their fingertips.
Online learning and training is still a relatively young industry, promising a rich future of breakthroughs. New models of teaching are already emerging that have the potential to take online learning to even greater accomplishments.