A few years ago our company started an e-learning initiative to help clients maximize time, while saving money on travel expenses, etc. It has been a very popular way for firms to save money and for employees to learn about individual modules, functions and features easily. Our 750+ lessons are built with Adobe Captivate software. This works very well, however, with the advanced technologies out there; video conferencing, tablets, tele-presence, the world of e-learning – although much the same – seems to be on the cusp of change.
It seems the communication of information has found so many different mediums; from Twitter to enterprise-level apps to, even, a corporate movement towards providing more value-added quality information to prospects and clients. The question is: how does one boil the ocean? In other words, with all of the information being thrown at us to further our knowledge, what really are the benefits of e-learning and what is the most palpable way to get it?
To start, the benefits of traditional e-learning are pretty obvious:
- The “learner” can go at their own pace; one that works for them.
- Companies save money on travel expenses and the expense to pay a trainer, etc.
- Learning – on-demand; when it’s convenient.
- Learners can learn from whatever place is best for them; from the office to their home.
In terms of “getting” e-learning, it seems the future is in apps, videoconferencing, etc. I’m sure many companies are using these approaches already. I personally think the greatest benefit of e-learning in the traditional sense is that the information is boiled down for the user – they aren’t inundated with snippets of random information. Although the social mediums, etc. that are available now are great, sometimes it feels like quantity over quality; the quality of information has gotten lost. It kind of reminds me of those Bing commercials where people start listing off randomness based on a search engine search and it turns into utter mayhem and confusion. I am not saying social mediums are the same as e-learning, I am simply stating that the communication of information has changed radically over the last few years, and sometimes it is best to use the traditional avenue of utilizing electronic learning services, over the barrage of information readily available is the best way to go. The way the information is communicated and found is another story. E-learning can be accessed in so many different ways now, which makes it even better. I’m sure to many this is a moot point since e-learning has been available for some time now, but for those who haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to give it a shot; whether accessing a course via videoconferencing, via an enterprise app, or the “old-fashioned” way over the internet.