Let’s rewind back to the beginning
So, when did this all start? To everyone’s surprise e-learning started well before the internet, but the concept was known as ‘distance learning’; students and teachers used a mailing system to communicate, access resources and pave their way to success. The launch of the internet then led to open universities using an online platform to provide their services and branch out to students remotely.
Effectiveness of E-Learning
E- Learning enables students to access relevant material and learn at their own pace. Online platforms like the TechQuarters 365 Cloud Academy enable users to access the relevant materials from any location and at time of day. 42% of training companies say that e-learning has led to an increase in their revenue; showing just how popular this style of training has become.
Knowledge is power but not everyone has access to learning. The opportunity to learn should not be bound by location, time or expensive resources; E learning allows individuals the flexibility to learn at their own pace and in their own time.
Some key benefits of e-learning are:
- It is better suited to a variety of learners – different ability levels, age or type of learner
- Users have more options when it comes to what they learn and when
- E-learning platforms allow for a range of resources like videos, images, PDFs and so much more, to be housed in one place
- The information on e-learning platforms is likely to be fresh and relevant, as it can be updated constantly
- Most e-learning platforms also have analytics dashboard which allows learners to check their progress and see how far they are from gaining a certification
Organisations need to start investing in training, EVERY dollar invested in online training results is £30 in productivity. A recent case study shows IBM saved approximately $200 million after switching to e-learning (Karla Gutierrez).
The future of e-learning
So, what is the blended approach? It’s the complementary use of e-learning alongside traditional learning. There are so many benefits of this data centric approach as it uses a range of content and methods. Learners can recall information better and give feedback. The trainers can analyse learner’s performance effectively and use methods suitable for learners.
Mobile learning (a.k.a m-learning) is also a vital player in the future of e-learning. Online courses being available 24/7 on mobile devices is incredibly beneficial to users as they can learn on the move and it’s also great for ROI.
Here’s the most exciting one, Virtual Reality; enabling users to learn through a visual experience. For example, visual learners will be able to recall their learning experience through VR like auditory learners; learners listen to the audio during their VR experience and will be able to recall what they had gained from the experience. Virtual reality is also interactive and will also cater to kinaesthetic learners.
That’s is not to say that traditional classroom learning is going anywhere, people respond to people after all and technology isn’t going to do the work for us. Technology is the tool which enables more users to be trained and for learners to have the best experience.
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