I presume that you might have heard about GDPR. From past several months, GDPR was continuously  making headlines in the internet and other medias.

GDPR is a recent compliance policy which seeks to give people from the European Union  more control over how organisations uses their data. The policy was to take effect on 25th May 2018, and with a huge number of employees to be trained on GDPR in a limited amount of time, e-learning becomes the most appropriate strategy for organizations.

Let’s now see some of the important benefits of online compliance training approach.

1. Online compliance learning can bring down the cost of compliance training

Non-compliance with rules, guidelines, and procedures can lead to penalty and loss of reputation for organizations. Online compliance training ensures that employees are trained “on the go”, (without waiting for the next scheduled classroom compliance training) and can lead to huge cost savings not just in terms of the classroom training vs online training cost but also in terms of equipping the employees with the right compliance guidelines so that they can tackle the problem on hand.

Moreover, there are no recurring costs involved for an online compliance training program and the organization can ask its employees to undergo the training program once every year, without worrying about the cost. Similarly, the employees can practice the course for several times at their pace and time without worrying about the recurring expenses.
Hence the organization is able to save the cost of a classroom training program and at the same time reduce the risk.

2.Online compliance training can simulate real-life experiences leading to better application

With the use of scenarios, the organizations can create or simulate real-life situations to meet specific compliance objectives. For example, a compliance program on KYC and Anti Money Laundering can use scenarios of “account opening”, “identification of UBO” etc.

There are also several compliance modules, which uses branching scenarios effectively to train the employees on compliance policies. This can make the learning more effective as well as be engaging for the learners.

An online compliance training also ensures that the learners enjoy a safe virtual learning environment. For example, a learner can practice the safety guidelines for working from the height or working in excavation pit through an online safety training module and can avoid making mistakes which are risky in real life.

3.Tracking the learner’s progress

Compliance policies require the organization to ensure that there is 100 percent participation of the targeted audience as the organisation might need to file it for the audit purposes. With online compliance training, once the course is loaded to the Learning Management System, the learners’ progress can be tracked effectively.

Also, an online compliance training gives various options to include the different forms of elearning assessments to understand the learner’s progress and to assess their knowledge levels.
The online module can include pre-assessments and post-assessments by including multiple choice questions, using small games and scenarios to build the assessments etc.  

In a traditional classroom training approach, the organization cannot effectively track the learner’s progress but only assume that the learners have understood the training program through the use of learner’s feedback.

4.Online compliance training is very useful for organisation with a distributed workforce

For big organizations, which have a globally distributed workforce, traditional classroom training programs may not be the right strategy as it can increase their cost etc.

With an online compliance training program, the organization can simply announce to the employees about the launch of the elearning module and the learners can access the content from anywhere across the world by just logging into his user account.

5. Online compliance training can take the role of an on the go performance support to the learners

Online compliance training helps the learners to practice the learning content without any restrictions. Even when a  learner is stuck, the learner can log in to his account and revisit the modules from anywhere and anytime. This helps in better retention of the learning topics. Even if the learner has any doubts on the topic, he can revisit the learning topics to clear it.

These are some of the very important  benefits of online compliance training programs.

With rapid technological developments, online compliance training is ready to take off to a new level of engagement and interactivity.
Branching scenarios, game based learning and gamification etc are already used successfully in various online compliance training programs. With such new strategies and technological advancements the benefits of online compliance training over the traditional classroom programs  will definitely multiply.

I would love to hear your thoughts too . Feel free to share your suggestions in the comment box below.