eLearning can be described and delivered in many different ways, but at its essence is the use of electronic technologies to provide education. The beauty of eLearning is that you can learn or teach anything, anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Innovation in eLearning technologies is constant, meaning the availability of delivering content through things such as Virtual Reality – but we’ll talk about this later. With over 175,000 higher education students currently studying online in Australia, we know that eLearning is in higher demand than ever in the education sector. Workplaces are also beginning to understand the value of implementing eLearning in their organisations. Google has implemented its very own digital academy which allows its users to get trained in their technology, as well as gain skills in web development through an online portal. Like Google, workplaces can use eLearning to improve their processes, but understanding the benefits can be difficult due to the technical jargon used to describe them. Here is a list of just some of the benefits eLearning has for workplaces. Variety of programs and courses With the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS), organisations can train staff in practically anything they want. The LMS allows an admin to upload learning content such as video, interactive courses and more, directly and efficiently. eLearning tools make it so quick and easy for organisations to create learning material available to all their employees, in anything they desire. For example, you could decide that your sales team needs better overall product knowledge, to sell more widgets. eLearning allows you to create a course quickly that will educate all your staff on the product, without having to involve an outside training organisation or do it face-to-face, which is time-consuming and costly. Compliance One of the most exceptional features of an LMS is the ability to track and report on user progress. If you want to know which of your employees has participated in your training on product knowledge, you can get your answer in real-time through your LMS. This tracking becomes a crucial feature when organisations need to get staff compliant on items like workplace safety and behaviour. Through eLearning, you can deliver these compliance courses to all your employees, as well as track their progress so you can guarantee they have been successfully trained and are compliant with workplace standards. (Sample of Learnbook analytics to track and report your data) Cheap Another great feature of eLearning is its cost-effectiveness. To train an organisation with 2000 employees in 5 locations face-to-face would cost approximately $110,000. It would only cost roughly $37,000 to deliver the same training online. The best part? You can then repeat that training without incurring the same cost. eLearning can save organisations tens of thousands in the short-term, and much more over time. Higher interaction means higher retention Users who can interact with learning material have much higher retention of information than those that can’t. This reason is where eLearning shows so much promise because you can engage your learners in so many different ways. Gamification is a beautiful technique that allows organisations to add game mechanics such as point-scoring and levels to their courses to boost learning engagement. Game-based learning is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to what eLearning will be able to achieve as technology continues to evolve. The technology keeps getting better Technology is continuing to grow at an alarming rate, and eLearning has many practical applications for new innovative tech. Virtual and Augmented Reality, which immerses users in a virtual world, is an excellent example of this. This technology gives learners the ability to get more hands-on in their learning, boosting retention. There have also been advances in technologies such as biometric devices, Artificial Intelligence and robotics. This all points to eLearning are becoming more active and engaging in the future. Overall, eLearning provides organisations with a cheaper and more effective alternative to traditional methods when it comes to the training staff. The great news is that it will only continue to evolve and become more active as technology continues to grow. If you or your organisation is interested in eLearning solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. With over 12 years of experience in the eLearning industry, here at eCreators, we can help with any questions you have. Continue to watch the eLearning space, because exciting things are happening!