What is eLearning?
eLearning is any type of training delivered via electronic means – computers, tablets, smartphones. It includes, but is not limited to:
- virtual reality
- gamified learning
- interactive learning
Modern technology has made eLearning better than ever, though we hear several misconceptions about what eLearning is and how it is used. Read more to learn the truth about the role of eLearning in modern training programs.
1.eLearning is not practical because of its expense.
Yes, it takes time, talent, and a budget to create and manage good eLearning content – but compare it to all the training expenses you have without it: travel, venue, lodging, user materials (creating AND printing), instructor costs, and more. By incorporating eLearning into your training plan, you can spend more of your training budget on actual training!
2. eLearning only works for millennials.
We’ve all heard this one, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are reading this, you are on the internet and probably watched a video on YouTube or a show on Netflix in the last few days. Millennials are not the only generation on the internet; streaming content is appealing to all ages, not just millennials and younger. Training content is no different.
3. eLearning is boring.
Unfortunately, it is true that you will find that some eLearning is more engaging and interesting than others. Like anything else, eLearning quality can vary – which is why hiring seasoned and knowledgeable teams is crucial to the success of your training. MATC’s eLearning modules are created by experienced instructional designers using best practices for adult learning. We also understand the importance of using small modules so that learners can easily fit training into their schedules while not getting overwhelmed with too much information.
4. My employees aren’t in an office, so eLearning won’t work for us.
If you have a smartphone, you can watch a video almost anywhere. With the number of smartphone owners rising every year, chances are that most, if not all, members of your team have smartphones and can access training without a computer. Since eLearning can be compatible with mobile devices, that means your team can also access their training just about anywhere. We have created eLearning modules used by linemen working on utility poles several feet above the ground. That’s a lot easier, faster, and safer than calling someone to walk you through a process or trying to find that user manual in the truck – if it’s even there.
5. eLearning is too generic for our needs.
Custom content is not always necessary for all your training needs: chances are your AED works the same as every other AED by that company, so using their off-the-shelf training is fine. The same applies to other topics: problem-solving, using Excel, general behavior, and other corporate standards. Save your budget for company-specific content, like mission, vision, values, processes, and policies. The custom modules are the best part of eLearning, where you can create company-specific training that can be altered as your company grows.
6. eLearning is too fast for me to properly process information.
In fact, the opposite is true. How often have you been in a traditional training setting where you had questions but felt uncomfortable asking the trainer to slow down or repeat something? Most of us have probably been that person. With eLearning, you can easily review material – as often as needed – at your own pace, allowing you to better understand the training. eLearners have the power to manage their own training.
7. eLearning is too passive to work
Sure, if the module you are viewing is just a simple video, it is more passive than in-person learning (but remember – you can stop and rewind any time you want!). Most eLearning is more than just video and includes knowledge checks, quizzes, virtual environments, and scenario-based learning. Learners must often earn high scores on tests to move on to the next section – something you don’t usually in see in traditional training.
Is eLearning right for your company? We bet it is, but it’s not something you want to just jump into without proper planning. Contact us to learn more about how we can help improve your training, safety record, and bottom line with our eLearning services.