E-learning 101: What May Have Been Forgotten

E-learning 101: What May Have Been Forgotten

Being aware of and even involved in your employee’s professional training is never a bad thing.  Regardless of the degree of your involvement, it is quite possible that you have heard the terms “online training” or “eLearning” being bantered about.

In recent years, they have become somewhat interchangeable terms, but some people out there are still unaware of their actual meaning.  This is not surprising, as there is a general misconception about the effectiveness of such digital mediums and how they can assist individuals in achieving success in both their professional and personal lives.

For the sake of those of us who may have missed the modern eLearning boat, let’s take a step back and examine it a little more closely.  Perhaps in doing so, you will be able to see that training employees digitally is really a positive harbinger of things to come.

According to Webopedia, eLearning can be defined as “Learning via the internet on a computer or mobile device (mobile learning).  It is essentially the network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge that employees can then apply to their profession.”

Of course up until the turn of the century corporate training was either conducted as one on one mentoring or through traditional classroom-style workshops.  Once the internet got into full swing however, the training landscape was set to change forever.

Today eLearning is a rapidly growing industry that offers high quality online training programs that your employees can take advantage of, regardless of time or location.  With mobile learning becoming all the rage, you can now facilitate company training on smartphones and tablets for your employees who are far afield.  They can now experience the same quality eLearning that your staff experiences in the office.

In our technological workforce, there are many different Learning Management Systems (LMS platforms) allowing for eLearning course delivery for you to choose from.  For more information on our LMS systems please refer to our blog How LMS Data Helps With Training Performance.  Among other things, an LMS can track your training by watching employee progress throughout the eLearning process.  This allows for quantifiable measurement of how successful the training you have chosen actually is.

The industry of eLearning is fast paced and dynamic.  Learning technologies that make courses interesting and engaging are growing and changing too.  Techniques such as scenarios and gamification are on the lead edge of training technology right now, but who knows what could be next.  Unlike traditional training, eLearning allows you to update your course content and tweak it to remain constant with the pace of change.  It essentially allows you to keep your staff in the latest information loop, passing on essential knowledge without having to host multiple training gatherings over the span of a year.

The ability to keep employees up-to-date is an advantage in any sector.  However, the benefits of such an approach can really be felt when online training that is applied to staff involved in an industry where staying aware of current developments is of utmost importance.

Working in the oil and gas industry is a good example of where people always need to be aware of the newest adjustments to safety and compliance procedures as soon as possible.  Through online training, they can experience regular updates from home office on their mobile devices to ensure certifications are up-to-date and that everyone is operating along proper company and industry guidelines.  This type of learning, which is ongoing in nature, cannot hope to be duplicated by classic instructor-led training.  Traditional instruction is much more expensive, demands significantly greater blocks of time and offers inconstant results.

When taking the time and care to ensure your employees are receiving the best training they can get, it is good to consider all options.  Sometimes the best method to follow when doing this, is getting back to basics and comparing fundamental differences.  In today’s modern workforce, it is with little argument that one can say giving your employees access to flexible, engaging and effective online training is anything but a benefit to them and your growing company.

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