logo image

ATD Blog

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Training: E-Learning Is Flexible, Cost-Effective, and Convenient

Published Fri Aug 25 2023

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Training: E-Learning Is Flexible, Cost-Effective, and Convenient
Loading...

Brought to you by

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced many into remote working situations, e-learning was increasingly popular for training. Employees use e-learning to train from anywhere, negating expenses for travel, venues, and trainers. Known for flexibility and convenience, it reduces training time while increasing productivity and knowledge retention. Read on for more reasons you should upgrade to e-learning.

Save money by incorporating e-learning into your training.

Advertisement

No more printing out tons of materials or coordinating every participant’s schedule for in-person training. E-learning is scalable, updatable, and available on-demand; when your employees have easy access to the information they need, they’re more likely to use and retain what they learn.

Create a flexible training system.

According to Harvard Business Review, 96 percent of US professionals need flexibility. E-learning offers this flexibility to your teams—whether they work in an office or are literally out in a field. The ability to review training at their convenience leads to increased retention of the key concepts learned. Modules are often broken into small, manageable portions, which also helps increase knowledge retention.

E-Learning is incredibly adaptable.

While offering a range of training options that appeal to visual, auditory, or hands-on learners is difficult in a traditional setting, an e-learning environment is more likely to offer all these at once. E-learning is also easy to update, allowing learners to obtain the most timely and relevant information they need.

Advertisement

E-Learning increases knowledge retention and productivity.

E-learning improves retention by design, keeping the training current, goal-oriented, and interactive. By including small modules, immediate feedback, and a variety of learning methods, e-learning allows learners to more easily apply training to their work on the job. As reported in Forbes, “The Research Institute of America concluded that e-learning boosts retention rates by 25 to 60 percent, compared to retention rates of 8 to 10 percent with traditional training.”

Participation rates are much higher for e-learning than for traditional training.

Group participation in classroom environments can be difficult; people often hesitate to contribute to a group discussion, affecting learner outcomes. E-learning, however, is interactive, boosting participation, confidence, and completion rates. Real-time collaboration and feedback help companies address their teams’ strengths and weaknesses.

E-Learning offers both autonomy and standardized training.

Advertisement

Standardized training is critical to a company’s success, especially when a workforce is spread out over many locations. Such consistency is challenging in classroom training but built into e-learning. Autonomy is also an important part of e-learning; employees who have control over their work are more likely to feel valued and produce better results.

E-Learning simulates real life in ways classroom learning does not.

Virtual reality plays a key role in e-learning, creating ties between theory and practice that are not replicated in traditional training environments. Virtual learning’s adaptability allows for a plethora of customized scenarios.

Now that you understand the incredible advantages of implementing e-learning, what should you do next?

Contact MATC Group to talk more about how our experienced and knowledgeable team of instructional designers can transform your training and improve knowledge retention and productivity, employee and customer satisfaction, and your bottom line.

You've Reached ATD Member-only Content

Become an ATD member to continue

Already a member?Sign In

Advertisement
Advertisement

Copyright © 2024 ATD

ASTD changed its name to ATD to meet the growing needs of a dynamic, global profession.

Terms of UsePrivacy NoticeCookie Policy