E-learning is electronic learning, and generally, this means using a computer to deliver part, or all of a course whether it's in a school, part of your mandatory business training or a full distance learning course.
In the early days it received a bad press, as many people thought bringing computers into the classroom would remove that human element that some learners need, but as time has progressed technology has developed, and now we embrace smartphones and tablets in the classroom and office, as well as using a wealth of interactive designs that makes distance learning not only engaging for the users but valuable as a lesson delivery medium.
What is e-learning used for? There are a number of benefits associated with implementing e-learning.
E-learning offers the ability to achieve high levels of coverage among your target audience and ensures the message communicated is consistent. This means all learners get the same training.
Blended learning results in higher knowledge retention rate as it appeals to a wider range of learning styles. There’s also the added ability to refresh or update coursework whenever it’s needed and learn at a pace that suits you and your learners.
It reduces time away from the workplace, cuts down on expensive travel and reduces the need for costly classroom-based training.
By delivering your training online and testing your staff through online quizzes you’re providing alternatives to paper-based forms of learning and testing.
E-learning can give staff the freedom to learn when and where they want, and at their own pace. You can train staff who would usually be in remote locations and have trouble getting to and from classroom training venues.