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Aug 2017

Outclassing the classroom: 5 benefits of elearning

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Steve Lowenthal

Steve Lowenthal

CEO at Kineo US

Learning has come a long way from the traditional model of classrooms and textbooks. In its infancy, elearning took the form of PowerPoint-style presentations: essentially, textbooks on a computer screen. Modern benefits of elearning, however, make use of a wide array of technologies that immerse students in the learning process.

Elearning has moved rapidly from its roots in academia to the business world, where it has been embraced as an efficient and effective training strategy with a positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. In fact, 72% of organizations that use elearning believe that it provides a competitive advantage over those that use instructor-led training, according to a 2015 survey conducted by eLearning Industry.

What makes elearning so effective?

Let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of elearning.

  1. It’s flexible

Elearning is available when you need it, where you need it, and in the format you need it. It can provide exactly the information you need without wasting any time on irrelevant subjects. elearning can be taken on a bus, on a plane, on a train, or in the office. As a result, employee efficiency increases when elearning is utilized.

  1. It’s standardized

I struggled with an economics class in college while my peers sailed through. We had the same textbook and were equally good students; in fact, there was only one difference in our experiences: we had different professors. Theirs stayed focused and followed the syllabus; mine would frequently go off-topic and his lectures didn’t cover all the material on the exams. elearning avoids this trap by standardizing the material. Every student sees the same information. True, you might miss out on hearing about your instructor’s cat’s daily antics, but at least you’ll be able to perform your job well.

  1. It’s suitable for all ages

Technology is a part of daily life, which means that nearly everyone in the workforce can operate a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Another benefit of elearning is that it is accessible for everyone using one of these formats, and it’s especially relevant for millennials, for whom technology is integrated into almost every conscious moment. In fact, millennials bring with them a unique set of guidelines for productivity. 

  1. It provides feedback

Elearning can incorporate many different styles of assessments, ranging from the standard multiple-choice questions to fully interactive simulations. Regardless of the style, these assessments provide valuable data that indicate where learners are having trouble, allowing organizations to be responsive to learners’ needs and adjust their approach on the fly. Feedback is one of the most crucial benefits of elearning.

  1. It improves employee retention

The on-demand nature of elearning improves employee retention by allowing learners flexibility with the timing and delivery of learning experiences. High quality training will always improve employee retention, which is good for an organization’s bottom line.

Elearning as an industry continues to grow and evolve. There are some exciting things on the horizon for 2017 and beyond. While we’re sure there are a lot of great instructors and instructor-led training programs out there, Kineo can offer you a solution that incorporates the best of instructor-led training with the benefits of elearning.

Want to learn more about trends in the industry? Take a look at Kineo’s annual L&D report

Steve Lowenthal

Steve Lowenthal

CEO at Kineo US

Steve Lowenthal has over 15 years of experience in Learning Technologies in consultancy, sales and management roles. He's a regular speaker at US conferences and events on trends in LMS, elearning and technology.

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