Over the past 20 years, the Internet has revolutionized the workplace, including on-the-job training. Companies that are eager to cut costs while boosting efficiencies have seen the advantage of online instruction over the traditional classroom, and these days, most workers tend to receive their training at their desks or on the go. Online instruction has helped companies expand, as the circulation of learning modules to a geographically diverse workforce has become easier than ever and extremely low-cost. Australian scholar Paul Nicholson observed, “E-learning in business and training [is] driven by notions of improved productivity and cost reduction, especially in an increasingly globalized business environment.” In fact, employee enrollment in online training programs has grown 20 times faster than student enrollment at traditional colleges and universities over the past decade. By 2020, it’s estimated that 60 percent of workers that receive tuition reimbursement will be enrolled in online programs instead. MOOCs, or massive open online courses, will become critically important in the future of training, as they can serve hundreds, if not thousands, of employees at a time.
The Future of Training Is Online