The Benefits of Online Learning
Business improves when the people in the business improve! Encouraging staff development has always been seen as one strategy for increasing output, profits and professionalism.
Whilst traditional learning and development strategies have their benefits, they come with inherent draw-backs:
- Time away from the business
- Training costs
- Cost of travelling and accommodation
- Knowledge depreciates over time
- Attitude of learners
Online learning offers significant benefits to the learner and the business whilst offsetting many of the issues associated with traditional training activities.
Online Learning – some of the benefits:
Unlike traditional training courses, online learning is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can study at your convenience and at a pace which suits you.
As it is internet based, learning content is available across numerous devices at your convenience. You can study at home, work or anywhere to suit you. You can study on PC, laptop and even mobile phone. Online learning truly puts your development at your fingertips.
Speed of delivery
Studies suggest that online learning can be up to eight times faster than traditional classroom learning and it’s easy to see why. You remove the need for activities that would normally take up time without actual learning occurring such as Course opening, Housekeeping, Introductions, breaks, Lunch, reviews and toilet breaks. Add to that the time saved by not having to travel to and from a training venue and a one day course could be delivered in no more than an hour if done so online.
It is said that repetition is the mother of all learning. Knowledge depreciates over time. That said, continually attending the same traditional training course over and over again would be seen as a waste of time, effort and money. However, revisiting the same online course every now and again to revisit and reinforce skills and knowledge is viewed positively and makes sense.
The efficiencies created by the online learning companies makes learning online a cost-effective exercise. Online learning is often far cheaper than traditional forms of learning. Coupled with the limited time away from the business and the speed and convenience of delivery and online learning cuts many costs.