There is no disagreement that e-learning has gained a huge popularity in recent years. Since the early 2000 ,e-learning industry has grown at a tremendous rate of 900% making it one of the fastest growing industries.
Today, with the unprecedented penetration of technology, it is predicted that 98% of all companies plan to use e-learning by 2020. Hence, if you are still a fence sitter and are contemplating to implement e-learning at your organisation, the time is right and the time is now to get started with e-learning.
If you are looking for convincing reasons to convert classroom training to e-learning, I recommend you to read and bookmark this blog. With a myriad of reasons to turn classroom training to e-learning, I have handpicked the 8 ultimate reasons to do so.
1.Consistency across the training modules
‘We are humans too,sometimes the training schedule is so tightly squeezed and the mental time constraints are huge .’
This is a serious issue as the trainers sometimes take the extra load of travelling and training the workforce for extended hours. This is worse when there is a product launch or when there is a compliance requirement. Continuous training can fatigue the trainers and they are not able to deliver the same quality of the learning content every time.
What if the trainer changes frequently? It might further worsen the consistency across the training modules.
But by implementing e-learning, the organisation can eliminate such constraints. An e-learning program which is once implemented, guarantees the same level of consistency throughout. Moreover e-learning can be built up from the classroom training content and the instructional design style can borrow from the classroom training pedagogy leading to more effectiveness in converting classroom training to e-learning .
2.Reduce the cost
Let’s look at the cost constituents of a classroom training:
•Cost of hiring a trainer
•Cost of hiring a training venue
•Cost of other misc expenses travelling, accommodation etc
Here another non factored cost is the opportunity cost of so many learners being away from their jobs for certain amount of time.
Now, let’s understand the cost constituents of implementing an e-learning program in your organisation:
•Cost of the elearning module from development to deployment
•Cost of hosting on a LMS
Comparing the cost of these two, e-learning stands as a clear winner. The advantage and benefits of implementing e-learning is that the recurring charges for the e-learning modules in most cases are nil and the organization can train a large group of workforce at one go, which means that cost of training per worker is very minimal.
For example, IBM saved around $200M after shifting to online training or e-learning, The Oil and natural gas manufacturing firm Shell saved $200 million by shifting to online training
By converting classroom training to e-learning, organisations can save on costs specially in long run.
3.Increasing Returns or better ROI
Be it any organisation from small to large, training is always an investment. There is considerable amount of money that is allocated and spent on training the workers.
With the increasing cost for a classroom training, there is decreasing Return on Investment. But implementing e-learning can surely increase the ROI. According to the IBM study, every dollar invested in online training results in $30 in productivity.
4.Flexible and convenient training
‘The training starts in another 10 minutes. But I have several other urgent and important works too’.
Have you seen the employees complaining about the schedules of the training programs as it clashes with their day to day work. By implementing e-learning, the learners can access the learning content from anywhere and any device and at anytime. The organization is just required to host the learning content preferably on their LMS or web servers and the learners can login to the portal and access them comfortably on any device at their convenience.
So the benefits of converting classroom training to e-learning are complete flexibility of administering learning and letting the learners learn at their time and pace instead of the organizational time.
5.Increase the retention rate of learning topics
Retaining the learning topic is very essential for every learning strategy. The Research Institute of America concluded that e-learning increases the retention rates by 25 to 60 percent, compared to retention rates of 8 to 10 percent with traditional training. The higher engagement and interactivity with the option of revisiting the learning content contributes to the increased retention of the learning topics. Hence it’s simply a no brainer to shift from classroom training to e-learning.
Thus converting classroom training to e-learning ensures better retention in turn leading to better application.
6.Meet the demand of the modern learners
With the present workforce of baby boomers to be replaced by the Millennials, it is essential to get ready and meet the demand of the modern learners . the modern learners or the millennials are highly tech savvy and research suggests that they have less attention span and are attached to the mobile devices like smartphones, tablets etc.
Hence, a classroom training is not a right approach for any organisation with a focus to approach the future training needs and requirements.
7. Personalize and track the learning
While the classroom training follows ‘one size all’ approach, e-learning helps the organisation to personalize the learning experience.
For example,start the e-learning module by allowing the learner to enter his/her name or by choosing a character or avatar ,give the learners a better control on the learning experience by enabling them to choose a learning path of their own.
The new technological innovations like the machine learning, artificial intelligence etc further helps to personalise the learning content for the learners.
Converting to online classroom training further helps the organisation to track the learning process, which is not really possible in a classroom training. The modern Learning Management System can generate in-depth reports on the users learning progress. It also benefits the learner as it helps them to understand where they are in terms of the learning and helps to pace the learning .
8. E-learning can boost the engagement rate
According to Molly Fletcher, organizations can achieve an 18% boost in employee engagement by using e-learning. From the traditional click-next style, e-learning has come across a long way to provide immersive learning experience that can boost the engagement rate. With new e-learning strategies like gamification, game based learning, simulations etc an organisation can boast the engagement rate by implementing e-learning.