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7 Advantages of eLearning Compared to Traditional Learning

What do McDonalds, the Samaritans, Lord Puttnam and John Cleese have in common? All are advocates of e-learning. Proof indeed that elearning has permeated every sector from legal to engineering, education and charity.

Technology is an increasingly essential part of every aspect of work, in every industry, and managers must keep up-to-date with developments to bring the benefits to staff and business profitability.

Corporate eLearning since the 2000’s has rapidly become popular with a diverse range of industries who want to create a stronger, more efficient and receptive workforce.  In 2015, CIPD reported that 74% of companies used eLearning and 91% of those companies, reported it to be effective when combined with other learning methods. 

Now, many companies are using online learning to help employees take more responsibility for their own professional development. 

If you’re not convinced to invest in eLearning yet, here’s some reasons to do so. 


1) eLearning is a Pressure Free Zone 

For some adults, going back into a classroom environment can be intimidating.  eLearning however, gives back the control and allows adults to learn at a pace comfortable for them.

Did you know eLearners learn nearly 5 times more without increasing their learning time?


2) eLearning is Easily Adapted to a Variety of Learning Methods

Course design, regardless of whether it’s off or online, should take into consideration the many ways in which people absorb information and technology has assisted with this.  Our eLearning technology supports an array of facilitator led and social approaches to learning to cater to a range of learning styles.

Did you know training hours have increased by 12% as businesses require highly trained staff so they can meet market demand?


3) eLearning is Learner Centred

When care and attention to detail goes into designing and delivering an eLearning programme, a learner can benefit from a focus that can be difficult to replicate in classroom based learning.  A trainer can’t always dedicate one to one attention.  Therefore, eLearning, either addresses each learner individually or gives them an equal voice in collaborative learning. This ensure all learners get the best out of your investment in their future.

Did you know 42% of companies say that eLearning has led to an increase in revenue?


4) eLearning is Personalised

Unlike classroom based learning, eLearning avoids the ‘one size fits all’ approach and encourages adults to open up, explore, develop and exceed.  Tailormade eLearning, enables staff to feel positive and receptive about trying new things.

Did you know that generating personalised feedback during knowledge construction has enormous potential in improving eLearning?


5) eLearning is Affordable

eLearning cuts out costs associated with classroom based learning, for example, a training centre or printed materials.  Once you’ve designed and built your course, it’s accessible all of the time from anywhere in the world. There’s no big expense involved when the information needs updating.  Therefore, eLearning helps your organisation’s resources stay current, relevant and cost effective.

Did you know that London Fire Brigade saved £700,000  because they implemented online learning?


6) eLearning is Global and Mobile

Organisations who utilise eLearning have the power to keep their staff educated no matter their location.   Smartphones and tablets enable staff to learn on the go, and in their own time as programmes can be accessed online, or even offline in some cases.

Did you know mobile learning technologies will have the greatest impact on eLearning?


7) eLearning is Productive

eLearning helps businesses to save at least 50% when they replace classroom based training with eLearning and it also helps to cut down instruction time by up to 60%. This means that staff can learn at a faster pace, and the organisation sees a positive return on investment.

Did you know Open University produces 85% less CO2 emissions per student with eLearning?

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