Jun 27, 2011

Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s the 21st century and technology is booming, especially e-learning, are you in the loop about this hot learning trend?

According to Wikipedia the definition for E-Learning is the use of any type of technology that explores several different learning styles. It is education via the internet, network or standalone computer. E-learning is the use of electronic applications and processes to enhance the learning experience. You will be sure not to fall asleep in this virtual classroom.

E-Learning has many advantages so let me explain a little further and maybe I can get you hooked on it too!

Remember that time your teacher announced there was a test first thing as you walked into the classroom and woops, you forgot to study! You were too busy to worry about school. The bonus with e-learning is that you can take as much time as you need to fully understand the material and go to the test when you are ready for it.

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and why you should be tossing out the textbooks and logging in to your next course on your computer.

E-Learning produces great results by decreasing costs and improving performance. Let’s break it down a bit to show you all the details you really need to know.

A simple E-learning course can improve your training costs. Just think, hiring a trainer is a wonderful thing to do, for the right topic of the course, but what happens when you have a very informative course and your employees forget important tid bits of information? Their notes are more doodles than they are written words? They’re left without the answer. When you use online learning the course can be accessed as many times as needed, so when there’s a question, the course has the answer.

By not hiring a trainer, you’re automatically decreasing your material costs. And let’s be honest, I think we all want to try and be a little greener…no, not like the Hulk. Facility rentals, material expenses, mileage, food and beverage for staff, it all adds up. Sitting and doing an online course, staff don’t have to lift their bums from their seats and can reach into their bag and crack open a snack at any point without interruption…it’s the magical button called ‘PAUSE’.

If your company has a vast amount of employees, and they have to be broken into groups for workshops, some information may be left out for certain groups as not all staff will have the same questions. With online learning your staff has the luxury of learning when and where is most convenient for them and the information is always consistent from staff member to staff member.

Alright, flashback for a moment, remember that same class you were sitting in at the beginning of this article. Your teacher asked you a question and you thought you knew the answer so you said it, then the whole class made fun of you for being completely wrong and well, you were no longer called the genius anymore! Those times are embarrassing, you don’t want to relive that feeling and you sure don’t want to sit there and hum and haw while your teacher is waiting for an answer. Fun quizzes, tests, and interactive games can be used to enhance the learning experience. Online, you don’t have to be afraid to get one wrong, you can fail forward online and learn to your maximum potential.

It’s always hard to concentrate in a classroom when you have that guy in the corner shooting spitballs, and the girl twirling her gum on her finger, the other girl tapping her foot to her favourite song and that guy with his finger in his nose…I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be paying attention to the class. Your percentage of retention will now sky rocket the moment you login because you are in a comfortable learning environment.

Your staff will love being able to learn online because there are forums and wikis available which add value to the course. They may discuss amongst themselves any thoughts on the course or possible questions that still have them thinking. This works out to be a great personal tool.

E-Learning is known to be a great time filler. You just finished that big project your boss has been on you about, but you finished 15 minutes before your lunch break, what are you going to do with 15 whole minutes? You’re going to jump on your computer and login to a course, maybe learn about conflict in the workplace, or how to invest in yourself to reach your full potential.

One thing the ‘Head Cheese’ always likes to know is that course completion can be monitored. So there’s no skipping out on courses for you at work.

There are so many opportunities for you to learn in the most efficient and effective way possible. The flexibility of courses, the cost reduction and great information is surely the way you want to learn. The course doesn’t decide when you learn the material, you decide. You are in control.

If you’re interested in seeing an E-Learning course or having one designed with your content to see if it’s something that peaks your interest, contact us at info@bizxcel.com and we will get you set in the right direction. You will be caught up to the newest 21st century learning in no time and you will be thankful you spotted this article!