We’ve all been there: the stuffy room with the uncomfortable seats, the monotonous drone of the facilitator reciting legislation – he’s somewhere in the middle of a 144-slide PowerPoint presentation and you’re somewhere else completely.
Sometimes it just seems as though training has not kept up with technological developments, or with the ever increasing pace of business. We don’t have time to take an entire day out of our schedule for training, let alone mind-numbing, soul-sucking training that doesn’t yield any measurable results.
When we train we want to do it at our own pace, and in our own time. And that’s just one of the reasons we love e-learning. Here are 10 more:
- E-learning can be customised for your company, but also for each individual user. It is the best way to ensure that training is targeted.
- Employees can learn when it suits them without leaving their desks (unless they want to leave their desks, e-learning can be delivered via mobile too). There is also less expensive downtime than when you train large groups of people in a workshop setting.
- They don’t have to do all the training at once. This means that when they start feeling overwhelmed they can stop.
- E-learning forces all of the trainees to interact with the information, not just the nerdy types who sit in front and put their hand up in workshops.
- There is a saying in compliance circles: ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.’ The biggest problem with sage on the stage training is that you have no way of measuring whether the training was successful. With e-learning you know exactly how each employee fared, because it is possible to generate reports based on participation and assessment.
- It is easier to make sure that everybody is up to date with new developments. When things change, users can be alerted and trained.
- Training someone once, does not mean that their behaviour will be changed forever. E-learning platforms make it easier to assess when people need refresher training, by testing them from time to time.
- We tend to focus on the people working in the business at the time when the compliance training is needed, but forget about new employees. E-learning can form part of induction training.
- Unlike facilitators in a workshop setting who disappear after the session is done (and if they are outsiders, are often never seen again), e-learning sticks around for as long as you want it to. This means that employees can use the material as a guide long after they have completed the training. So it is like e-learning and an online guide rolled into one.
- E-learning shows the business that the compliance department has arrived in the 21st century. Unless you still use Latin, in which case we cannot help you.
Do you want to explore whether e-learning is the appropriate training solution for you? Ask Elizabeth. We have been partnering up with Compliance Online for the better part of 5 years to develop e-learning courses on the Consumer Protection Act, POPI and social media (media law is coming soon!).