There are many advantages to e-learning, beyond just costs. Courses can be highly practical, rigorous and it is a validated learning model which can support an organization’s training objectives.
Some studies show over $5,000 in cost-benefit reductions compared to blended and full in-class training – there is no doubt that there is a clear business case for e-learning. As leaders in training, we know there are many advantages other than just costs. For organizations of all sizes, it can improve flexibility, aids quick distribution and can be easily tailored – often making it more effective than traditional training methods. If you would like to learn more about the courses we provide, contact us today.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at the advantages of e-learning:
1. Speeds Up Employee Training
If you need to distribute training at speed – or to a large organization, e-learning is the solution. Unlike traditional methods, such as face-to-face teaching, online courses can be sent directly to candidates via email and other digital channels – saving both time and money! Many different safety topics are available in digital formats, such as Materials Handling – to name just one popular subject.
Research by Brandon Hall Group suggests that e-learning requires 40% – 60% less employee time than classroom models because of faster and various distribution channels, and control candidates have to access materials at a time, pace and setting of their choice.
2. Improves Knowledge Retention Rates
In 2019, e-learning uses many engaging methods – including interactive testing, video and immersive designs. This combination helps to reinforce and increase the retention of knowledge.
The Research Institute of America found that digital courses can increase retention rates by between 25% – 60%. Classroom training retention rates can be as low as 8% -10%. The interactive control training gives candidates is said to improve the intake of information.
3. Increases productivity
Every business is looking to increase productivity levels. The right digital training model can boost productivity in the following ways:
- Employees don’t have to sit out for a morning or a day to attend a course
- Tailored content means training is efficient
- Employers can offer a variety of training, at a reduced cost
An IBM report entitled the Value of E-Learning measured productivity gains and found that online courses provide three minutes per day or one hour per month per employee in productivity savings.
E-learning can be tailored to suit a global working population. Content can be changed and personalized so candidates can view text in their own language and so it considers local regulations, laws, cultural practices and regional accents. For large organizations, this has the additional benefit of more control over communications and messaging, more accurate reports and an easier way to administrate a program.
On-boarding processes can be complicated and time-consuming – especially for new managers or for those joining in a newly created role, where existing practices may not apply. Digital on-boarding can be a great way to guide a new employee as they take their first steps within the business. It also provides organizations with a way to get important HR messaging, policies and procedures directly to the new starter.
Studies back up the benefits of e-learning as part of the on-boarding process too! One study showed that those who receive structured orientation are 69% more likely to stay working for a company for three years. Our customers have found that our H&S e-learning Induction course is a great way to deliver essential health and safety training and messages.
6. Supporting Blended Learning
Blended learning is a combination of online and face-to-face methods. Many companies already use it – recognizing the difference, and benefits of both models. It is the most widely used training model, and its use is only likely to grow in future.
In one study, conducted by the University of Indiana in 2003, the blended learning approach showed an 8% improvement in learning outcomes over both just face to face and just digital training.
Let’s review some of the benefits of e-learning:
- It requires 40% – 60% less time than classroom training
- It increases retention rates by 25% – 60%
- It improves productivity by 1 hour per month per employee
- It supports structured orientation, with 69% of employees likely to stay 3 years if structured orientation is in place
- Blended learning provides 8% better outcomes
Health and Safety Suite
Healthy Working is a full suite of H&S courses, risk and compliance training and with an e-learning system that supports organizations in delivering tailored, personalized and localized teaching for a low cost.
Courses include health and safety induction, manual handling courses, fire safety, driver safety, office and laboratory ergonomics, data protection to name just a few. The management system supports the delivery of all materials and helps administrators report, assess and measure value.