Benefits of eLearning
We know how busy you are so there is no sense in beating around the bush. Let’s get right down to brass tacks and talk about the future shift to eLearning. In fact, it isn’t really a “future” shift at all. It is happening right before our very eyes. And, although the COVID-19 pandemic was certainly not the catalyst for this shift, it most definitely sped up the process. But why? Why are so many companies across industries moving toward eLearning? Read on to learn the impressive benefits that eLearning offers you and your stakeholders.
The very nature of the eLearning experience allows students to customize their learning progress. eLearning allows students, for instance, to set their own goals and seamlessly communicate with instructors at the most convenient time for them. We all live busy lives, so the idea behind creating a personalized approach to learning is to meet the unique needs of each student — personalization is one of the greatest benefits to eLearning.
- Self-paced Instruction
Part and parcel with personalization is the ability to set an instructional pace that works for each student. Self-paced instruction in eLearning allows students to set the duration of each eLearning session, schedule sessions according to their availability, and control the amount of learning material they consume with each session. Often, when students have more control over the learning process, retention rates also increase, adding to the attractiveness of this approach to learning and development. In fact, according to LinkedIn Learning
- 68% of employees prefer to learn at work
- 58% of employees prefer to learn at their own pace
- 49% of employees prefer to learn at their own point of need
For multinational corporations (MNCs), the logistics behind organizing training and development courses can become quite daunting. We need to consider each student’s respective time zone, for one, as well as their availability and their preferred language. Who will teach the courses? In which language/s will instruction be delivered? Where will the instructors and students stay? What equipment is necessary for instruction? Do we have the budget to manage it all?
But you don’t have to be leading an MNC to experience the frustration of organizing and managing training and development programs. Even small organizations run into significant challenges when it comes to coordinating all the factors that must tie into successful training and development workshops. However, with eLearning, the logistics is much simpler. There is no need, for instance, to coordinate lodgings, meal allowances, instructor availability and accommodations, among a myriad of logistical planning.
- Cost Savings
Expanding on “lesser logistics” is the significant cost savings companies (and students) experience by investing in eLearning programs. Again, eLearning removes the need to travel. Therefore, there is no need to book lodgings, no need to budget for three meals a day, no need to purchase potentially expensive equipment, and no need to coordinate the accommodations of the instructor/s. Simply put, eLearning programs save everyone time and money.
- Audio, Video, Text, Animations — and even Testing Capabilities
There is little argument that in-person instruction is arguably the most effective teaching method. However, eLearning is becoming a wonderful alternative and the next-best-thing to being physically present with instructors and fellow students. The audio, video, and animation capabilities of most eLearning platforms help to increase engagement and inject “life” into an otherwise lonely self-guided learning process. When students can hear and see what is going on, they feel more connected to the learning experience.
eLearning systems also have the ability to offer quizzes along the way that check for progress, retention, and overall understanding. Instead of you or the students wondering how much they have learned, they can test themselves, repeat lessons if the quiz reveals a low retention score, or move to advanced lessons if test results show full comprehension.
But perhaps the greatest benefit of all is the sense of independence eLearning offers each student. eLearning is a convenient, cost-effective solution to continue the learning process. Its general ease of use and high-level of accessibility creates the perfect alternative to in-person instruction. However, this sense of independence can be greatly and negatively impacted if the instruction is delivered in a language some students do not understand — or at the very least, do not understand well enough.
In order to address this challenge head on, companies in a growing number of industries are investing in eLearning localization. Did you know that by the year 2030, the global workforce is expected to reach 3.5 billion people
? And that
is precisely where the magic of eLearning localization takes center stage. Organizations both large and small require localization services so that their online content is accessible to all internal stakeholders, partners, resellers, and clients regardless of the language they speak.
Benefits to eLearning Localization
Has your company already moved, at least in part, to eLearning platforms for training, resource sharing, and ongoing collaboration? Chances are, the answer is yes. Perhaps one of the greatest changes to which we have all been witness over this past year is the increasing shift to eLearning platforms. In order to continue engaging remote employees, eLearning is making a powerful impact across industries — and so is eLearning localization. So, just what are
some of the benefits companies and employees enjoy through eLearning localization? We’re glad you asked!