What is eLearning?

So, you’re interested in exploring the world of eLearning. Maybe you’ve tried the classroom-based training route and you’re looking to try something new. Maybe you’re looking for an alternative to the teacher-student dynamic of traditional corporate training. Maybe you’d like a more flexible type of learning so you can learn while you’re out and about. Whatever your reasons, eLearning is fast becoming the go-to type of business training for thousands of organisations around the world.

But what does eLearning even mean? Is it right for your business? What are the advantages of eLearning over other forms of teaching? If you’re looking for an answer to any of these questions, you’ve landed on the right page. We quizzed our eLearning team on all things (yep, you guessed it) eLearning, to bring you a lowdown of everything you need to know about this modern, user-focused form of education. Let’s break it down for you.


What is eLearning?

eLearning is a term that encompasses a broad spectrum of online learning techniques. In a nutshell, eLearning refers to any digital platform that’s used to educate, train or help someone learn online. Completely mobile and flexible, it’s an attractive option for businesses whose employees are often away from their desk because learning can be completed on a mobile, laptop or tablet. eLearning gives employees the freedom to learn at a time that suits them best, no matter what industry they work in or how busy their schedule is. From high-flying sales training to first day induction policy, learning can be done at any time, in any place.

woman completing eLearning module on multiple devices

Common training challenges

eLearning actually eliminates many of the challenges clients speak about. Take a look at the questions below to find out if eLearning tackles some of your pain points.


Are you finding it difficult to get all of your team into one room at the same time to complete training?

This is really hard to pull off, especially when members of your team have different schedules and different tasks they need to complete in their day to day. This is where the power of eLearning really gets the spotlight. eLearning can be accessed whenever your employees want to access it. It caters to early morning learners, lunch time learners, travelling learners and late night learners. Users can even choose what device they want to complete the learning on, providing a truly fluid and versatile learning experience for all of your employees.

From a business perspective, eLearning offers many money-saving advantages. Travel costs, classroom hire, teacher hire and equipment are just some of areas that will become more cost-effective. On top of this, there’ll be no more excuses for course incompletion or absences because everyone will have the capacity to learn whenever they want to.


Are your training needs not being met?

The beauty of a high-grade eLearning platform is that each element of the training is carefully selected to meet your training needs. If you’re struggling to roll out your lessons to employees who are based in different countries, eLearning can simplify this entire process for you. If you need to be a little penny-pinching because budgets are tight, we can adapt the complexity of the modules to suit your budget. How you need to use eLearning is up to you. It’s down to the eLearning developers to ensure that the modules reflect those needs.


Is it hard to keep on top of class attendance and monitor who paid attention?

This is one of the main pitfalls of classroom learning. Keeping a register and doing manual assessments is costly and time-consuming. There’s a price tag on the materials needed as well as the person charged with responsibility for keeping on top of this. But eLearning makes it easy to track individual progress, course completion rates and assessment results. It records every user metric within the LMS (Learning Management System), so it’s as simple as logging in whenever you want to check class attendance and attention levels. To drive engagement levels to their peak and encourage people to make the most of their learning opportunities, we can incorporate a range of nifty, engagement-oriented features into the modules.


Benefits of eLearning

So, what’s in it for you? A lot. Here’s how eLearning can revolutionise your corporate training methods.


Engagement

The world is constantly changing, and so is the way people learn. Traditional face-to-face training is becoming outdated and struggling to keep up with the new demands of learners. But eLearning offers an alternative, better approach. By providing a personalised, multimedia, interactive learning journey, learners a much more likely to enjoy their modules.

In maximising the enjoyment factor, we also maximise engagement and knowledge retention, which is ultimately what drives the overall success of eLearning. We can include a multitude of features that help bring learning to life, such as dialogue within a dynamic role play scenario, a competitive high score challenge where teams go against each other or a university-wide Q&A challenge. Whatever your training requirement, eLearning can bring your training needs to life.


Unlimited scalability

Unlike traditional classroom sessions which are usually restricted in terms of group size, location and budget, once an eLearning module is created, it can be rolled out to multiple people at the same time, regardless of group size and user location. This means that training one member of your team can cost the same as training thousands. This is perfect for when you have an important, company-wide message that need to be seen in a consistent manner, to all employees. 


Adapting to different training styles

Everyone interacts and learns differently. Training should be designed to accommodate the unique preferences of all types of learners. We don’t want anyone to be left out of training opportunities or feel as if they can’t complete the same level of training as their colleagues because of a learning disability.

eLearning can accommodate many different learning styles, appealing to learners who like to, read, listen, or take a more hands on, active approach. The learner is presented with information in a format that best suits their personal style. Modules can also accommodate a variety of media such as, imagery, audio and video, providing a holistic learning experience for everyone.

Buffalo 7's eLearning employee handbook

Accessibility

Designing for all learning abilities

We’re firm believers in the idea that everyone should have the same opportunities to learn. If any of your employees have barriers to their learning capacity such as a visual impairment or any specific learning difficulties, completing a module could seem daunting. That’s why every component of the building phase should be developed to accommodate any specific learning requirements your employees may have.


Catering to all audiences

We do not believe there is a ‘one size fits all’ eLearning module. Your learners will have different requirements depending on their, role, responsibilities and experience. If users are presented with slide after slide of information which is too complicated, or too simple, engagement levels can suffer. When engagement levels suffer, this is often a symptom of low knowledge retention. By creating eLearning modules that cater to your specific audience, you’re enhancing your learners experience and helping them retain knowledge for longer.


Translations

A fun, interactive, learning module should be enjoyed by all, regardless of the learners preferred language or location. A great way of making this happen is to translate your module into the language that your learners are most comfortable communicating in. This will ensure that your message is strong, consistent and equally understood by all learners.


There really are no limitations to learning when it comes to eLearning. Whatever you need, every layer of an eLearning module can be created to reflect that need. 

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