The benefits of e-learning and live virtual learning
- Date: 22 April, 2020
E-learning and virtual learning are proving increasingly popular as organisations recognise the many ways in which it can be used to ensure their employees develop the range of knowledge and skills that are required in today’s fast-paced business world.
In this blog, we look at some of the top benefits that both e-learning and live virtual learning can deliver to an organisation:
- Cost efficiency – virtual learning can reduce many of the costs that would normally be associated with classroom training, such as travel, venues and catering. Furthermore, physical copies of learning materials won’t be required and the courses themselves can be re-used and updated without great time or expense
- Convenience and flexibility – virtual courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere from a mobile device, laptop, tablet or desktop, in fact anywhere with an internet connection. It also addresses the problem of removing employees, particularly managers, from the workplace for physical training purposes, which can be challenging for both them and their teams
- Timely feedback for employees – with live virtual classes, learners can get real-time feedback in order to gauge how well they are doing and what sections of learning material they might need to revise before they move on, while with e-learning, there can be a delay in getting responses to queries and requests
- Self-paced learning – with e-learning, learners can complete their training in their own time and according to their own schedules or learning styles. For instance, some employees might learn quicker or slower than others, whilst others might already be familiar with certain parts of training that they don’t want to waste time repeating. With our Virtual Classroom Live, learners have access for 12 months to the recordings of the lessons, that are searcheable and indexed for quick reference
- Information retention - virtual learning can help employees to retain and remember information through the use of attractive images, videos, legible fonts, movie clips, animated descriptions and even games. Displaying information in well-crafted ways can lead to a better understanding of learning content compared to simply taking notes
- Availability of online support - a well-supported course can provide a wide range of opportunities to interact with tutors and fellow learners. For e-learning, course trainers can be contacted online when learners have any questions, chat support is often available through forums whilst question and answer features and webinars are just a few of the other ways that learners can get access to the online guidance. With live virtual classes, support is provided via live (real time) interaction with both the instructor and the other delegates
- Personalising the training experience - not every person learns the same way. Some might retain more knowledge through videos, others might prefer written notes and others may prefer realistic opportunities for practicing new skills. We are always available to discuss any specific learning requirements and to find the best solution for you and, whether it is an existing course or a closed company class created ad hoc for your organisation
The advantages of e-learning and live virtual learning are certainly plentiful. It is worth remembering that physical (in-person classroom training) and e-learning have very different benefits, not least in the ways in which employees interact with each other. However, with more live virtual learning events taking place, you can now get the same high quality and interactive training course, compared to in-person events, but in the comfort of your home. You should always consider how to integrate a blend of teaching and learning styles into your training strategy in a way that best meets the need of both your business and your employees.