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Ten top reasons for choosing e-learning

E-learning and live training both have their parts to play in helping develop your organisation and its people. But e-learning is the instant, low-risk and turnkey solution.

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#1

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

1. No logistics to organise:
You don’t need to book training rooms. So you won’t have to fight over availability, look for external venues or give people travel directions.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

1. Lower costs
E-learning will save you money. There’s no venue to book and no travel, accommodation or subsistence costs for your delegates. There are no trainers and no cancellation fees; and no wasted money when delegates don’t turn up.

#2

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

2. Reach hard-to-get-to people
E-learning is available online 24/7. So if you have people in remote locations, or doing night shifts, you won’t have to drag them away from their work to attend (or get them out of bed too early to think!).

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

2. Put skills at the heart of business agility
Businesses today are expected to be agile – but labour is usually its most expensive and often least agile component! People don’t like change! Investing in skills can alleviate that pressure, but live learning is reactive: it can only follow weeks or months behind strategic decisions. With e-learning, you can upskill whole teams in days – so talent can play its part in achieving more, faster.

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#3

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

3. Make your budget go much further
With e-learning, there are no fees for trainers, facilities or travel. And no further cost in lost work-hours . According to a Canadian Chamber of Commerce study, only 15% of every dollar spent on classroom training goes on the course fee!

Plus, because e-learning courses benefit from economies of scale, the cost goes down the more people you train. So you can provide way more training for the same budget.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

3. Sell on skills
Many e-learning courses count towards CPD: the ongoing qualification requirements for professionals in many careers and sectors. When you can present potential clients with a talented team, loaded with up-to-date qualifications, it’s a convincing sales tool!

#4

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS & FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

4. Consistent learning outcomes
With live learning, no two training sessions are alike. Different trainers use different methodologies (and everyone’s entitled to have a bad day!)

Live learning is invariably inconsistent. With e-learning, everyone has the same experience: the best trainer on their best day.

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#5

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

5. Respond to the needs of the business
With dozens of courses ready to roll, you can respond quickly to new demands in the business. E-learning is up and running while traditional learning is still getting its boots on – and that means it can be a strategic asset. Scale up and scale down: from one to a thousand learners, e-learning can cope.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

5. Available everywhere, all the time
E-learning is available online 24/7. So if you have people in remote locations, on field service duty or doing night shifts, you won’t have to drag them away from their work to attend. Whatever your strategy, and at whatever scale, your team can be up to speed without delay.

#6

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

6. Demonstrate the value of L&D
Me Learning’s system lets you know who’s started and finished courses and when. So there’s no more manual sign-in sheets which invariably get lost. You can report on progress in real-time at the touch of a button – making your life easier and demonstrating spend and return with ease.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

6. Aids employee retention
Increasingly, employees want their work to be meaningful. With low unemployment, it’s an employee’s market – and many are prepared to walk away if they don’t feel they’re being given the chance to learn and grow.

So investing in e-learning is a cost-efficient way not only of developing your people’s talent, but holding onto it and reducing your recruitment costs.

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#7

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS & FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

7. Environmentally responsible
E-learning all but eliminates the carbon footprint of traditional learning, from travel to printed handouts. With e-learning, you’re helping save the planet as well as time. The Open University estimates e-learning’s energy footprint to be 90% lower than live learning, with 85% less CO2 emissions.

#8

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

8. Adapt to everyone’s style
Employees can miss live learning (at great expense!), thanks to deadlines, illness etc.  E-learning not only has no set time, it can fit around employees’ lives and work. They can pause and come back when the time is right. Or learn outside work hours. So everybody always gets all the knowledge they need.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

8. Individually paced learning
With e-learning, each individual can work at their own pace. If they ‘get it’ first time, that’s fine, they can move right on without waiting for stragglers to catch up. Equally, if they need to go over the same thing two or three times, that’s fine too.

E-learning is always efficient: quick learners don’t have to hang around for others to catch up, while those who need a little longer are nurtured and supported.

Putting learners in control has been shown to lead to a 60% faster learning curve, compared to instructor-led training.

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#9

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS

9. Pacing suited to each individual
With e-learning, each individual can work at their own pace. E-learning is always efficient: challenging and dynamic for quicker learners, nurturing and safe for those who need a little longer.Putting learners in control has been shown to lead to a 60% faster learning curve, compared to instructor-led training.

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

9. Understand your talent pool
With a complete record of which staff have which skills, you can:

• Spot skills which need boosting through recruitment
• Plan shifts so that required skills or compliant team members are always present

…so you always resource the business optimally.

#10

FOR TRAINING MANAGERS AND L&D PROFESSIONALS & FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATIONS

10. Permanent reinforcement
Training courses are exciting and challenging – but how long does the feeling last? Frequently, when we get back to work and caught up in the day-to-day, so much of what we’ve learned is quickly forgotten.

With e-learning, employees can always go back for a refresher. So they’re more likely to put more of their learning into practice, and the organisation gets consistent performance improvements across the employee base. According to research conducted by WR Hambrecht, e-Learning is shown to increase knowledge retention by 25 %.

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