The Future Shift to eLearning – and the Benefits of eLearning Localization
Propio Language Services  | Apr. 07 2022
Benefits of eLearningWe 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.
- Self-paced Instruction
- 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
- Cost Savings
- Audio, Video, Text, Animations — and even Testing Capabilities
Benefits to eLearning LocalizationHas 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!
How eLearning Localization Enhances Employee TrainingeLearning as a stand-alone service helps companies to engage with their global audience. But when you invest in eLearning localization, your employees’ collective experience is enhanced even further. How? eLearning localization adapts all content (including graphics, images, and messaging) to each recipient’s preferred language and culture. Think of it as creating content that will look and feel as though it were developed specifically for each recipient. Not only does this help to engage your global employees, but it also helps them to better retain the information you are sharing, and encourages everyone to become actively involved in the learning process.By localizing your eLearning programs, you effectively remove linguistic and cultural barriers that are often present with traditional eLearning approaches. Localization also ensures consistency across the board so that all employees — regardless of their respective language or culture — receive the very same effective messaging and instructional content. When your eLearning courses promote a sense of diversity and inclusion, everyone benefits.
The Future is in eLearning LocalizationThe business world has increased its adoption of remote working environments. In fact, even once COVID-19 is well under control (and even better, in the rearview mirror), remote working options for employees will likely remain the reality for the foreseeable future. And, with an increasingly global workforce, eLearning localization will also likely continue to grow in demand.In fact, according to the Chief Learning Officer, a digital platform for learning and development (L&D) professionals, “it seems that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of trends already in place — most notably, e-learning delivery.”1To put this into even greater perspective, the Chief Learning Officer found in a recent survey that, although the adoption of eLearning among L&D leaders has been trending upward for a number of years, there was a markedly sharp increase from 2019 to 2020.Data Source: Chief Learning OfficerIn fact, the same survey found that well over 50 percent of L&D leaders expected a variety of eLearning approaches to increase over the next 12 – 18 months.
Is Your eLearning Material Localization Ready?Although traditional face-to-face learning modes are likely to return to a certain degree once the pandemic is a distant memory, it is likely that, given the paradigm shift in the minds of employees and industry leaders, eLearning is here for the long run. Is your eLearning material localized and ready for your global audience?Propio has extensive experience localizing content across websites, mobile, multimedia, software, eLearning environments, and more. We support a variety of eLearning technologies and are happy to deliver a fully localized course in any format (including SCORM package). Propio also has its own Learning Management System (LMS) allowing us to host and manage eLearning courses on behalf of our clients. With a skilled technical team, Propio can partner with you at every stage of your eLearning development process, from the early design phase to full implementation. Not only do we seamlessly work across technology platforms to offer voice-over, video captioning, and overall production assistance but we’ll ensure a thorough review of each product for native language and cultural cues.When you partner with Propio, rest assured that your content, graphics, animations, and subjects are appropriate for your intended audience. Connect with us today, and we’ll help you and your employees to be heard and understood. REFERENCES1 John, Ashley St. “The Rise of e-Learning.” Chief Learning Officer – CLO Media, 17 July 2020, www.chieflearningofficer.com/2020/07/17/the-rise-of-e-learning/.In addition to:“Elearning for Employee Engagement & Retention: LinkedIn Learning.” Elearning for Employee Engagement & Retention | LinkedIn Learning, learning.linkedin.com/resources/workplace-learning-report-2018/workplace-learning-trends-for-employees.Dobbs, Richard, et al. “The World at Work: Jobs, Pay, and Skills for 3.5 Billion People.” McKinsey & Company, McKinsey & Company, 21 May 2019, www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/employment-and-growth/the-world-at-work.
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