The benefits of elearning are easy to see. Face-to-face training has its drawbacks. Most employees cringe at the thought of in person training because they associate it with being talked at – not talked to. And since gathering people for training requires more effort to coordinate, learners know they will be overloaded with information for hours.
The problem with face-to-face training
For training managers, it’s tough to ensure consistency from training to training. One employee may be onboarded by an amazing trainer who gives them a great start at the company, while another employee might be struggling to catch on with a trainer who isn’t properly skilled.
And let’s face it, the amazing trainer is going to do a better job of engaging learners. This is going to help with learner focus and information retention. Meanwhile, the learners stuck with a poor trainer are going to be unengaged, unmotivated, and lacking the knowledge necessary to be successful. The benefits of elearning address both issues.
The benefits of elearning
Elearning helps increase engagement among learners. Elearning modules are typically very interactive, requiring learners to respond to scenarios before they can advance in the training. During most face-to-face training, nothing is required of learners except listening. This is called passive learning. Passive learning is hard on learners, and it’s also hard on trainers. Most learners tune out after a while, and most trainers have a hard time gauging whether real learning has taken place. With elearning, trainers can measure learning gains based on how a learner interacts with the content.
In most training departments, there is an instructional designer who creates the training content and then trains all the trainers. Each trainer then goes on to train their individual classes. Just like each trainer has their own personality, each of their training classes will get their own unique spin. It can be hard to keep track of what information is delivered during training when there are so many different variations of it.
Elearning ensures consistency during training because there is only one source of information for all learners. It also removes geographical boundaries that may limit a learners’ access to information. With elearning, everyone gets the same high-quality training no matter where they are.
To take advantage of the full benefits of elearning, IT organizations invest in a learning management system (LMS). An LMS allows training managers and their teams to create one consistent source of training that ensures everyone gets the same quality of training. An LMS also gives training managers the ability to collect and review data for each learner. This gives trainers insight onto both learner engagement and the quality of the training program.
Versal’s course creator is an LMS with dynamic interactive content creation capabilities. Training managers can also track progress and results in a variety of ways. Versal can help your organization reap the benefits of elearning. To learn more, sign up for your free trial of Versal today.