Benefits of eLearning
eLearning has transformed the way we are taught and trained and one of the best means for acquiring skills and certifications in the industry
- Learning is self-paced and gives students a chance to speed up or slow down as necessary
- Learning is self-directed, allowing students to choose content and tools appropriate to their differing interests, needs, and skill levels
- Accommodates multiple learning styles using a variety of delivery methods geared to different learners and is more effective for certain learners
- Geographical barriers are eliminated therefore opening up broader education options
- eLearning provides 24/7 accessibility making scheduling easy and allows a greater number of people to attend classes
- On-demand access means learning can happen precisely when needed
- Travel time and associated costs (parking, fuel, vehicle maintenance) are reduced or eliminated
- Overall student costs are frequently less (tuition, residence, food, travel, etc.)
- Potentially lower costs for companies needing training, and for the providers
- Fosters greater student interaction and collaboration
- Enhances computer and Internet skills
Strategic, as well as logistical, benefits exist. Companies bank on eLearning to speed up the process of launching new products. This is critically important to global corporations, particularly manufacturing companies that need to coordinate the launch of new products at distant points around the world.
Some companies contend that the interactivity and sophisticated graphics of well-designed e-learning systems can help employees learn faster, retain more knowledge, and make them productive more quickly than weeks of classroom training. These techniques also give employees the opportunity to take more control over their training, enabling them to search and register for courses that are tailored to their particular career paths.
There are many significant advantages for the student who learns online. Here are just a few to consider:
Convenience and Portability
- Courses are accessible on your schedule
- Online learning does not require physical attendance
- Learning is self-paced (not too slow, not too fast)
- You’re unbound by time – courses are available 24/7
- You’re unbound by place – study at home, work, or on the road
- Read materials online or download them for reading later
Cost and Selection
- Choose from a wide range of courses to meet your needs
- Degree, Vocational, and Certificate programs can be made available online
- Continuing Education credits can be paired with online courses
- Individual courses
- Wide range of prices to fit your budget
- Go back to school to get a degree, learn a new skill, learn a new craft, or just have fun!
- Online learning accommodates your preferences and needs – it’s student-centered
- Choose instructor-led or self-study courses
- Skip over material you already know and focus on topics you’d like to learn
- Use the tools best suited to your learning styles
- Online learning will draw you to topics you like and enjoy. Studies show that because of this and the variety of delivery methods used to reach different types of learners, retention is frequently better than in a traditional classroom (30-60%!).
- Technology tools make collaboration among students much easier. Since many projects involve collaborative learning, the online environment is far easier (and often more comfortable) to work in since learners don’t have to be face-to-face
- The global learning community is at your fingertips with online learning. The technologies used give online instructional designers the ability to build in tools that take you to resources you may never see in a traditional classroom.