Online learning. Web-based training. Interactive lectures. We use many names to describe eLearning or training that is delivered through an electronic device—be it a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Since this type of training comes in a variety of forms, including narrated lectures, scenario-based videos and gamified lessons, eLearning is something of an umbrella term. But what’s all the buzz about? From cost savings to anytime-anywhere access, here are 7 eLearning benefits for the healthcare industry.
1. It reduces training costs.
In-person or traditional training costs can add up quickly, especially if training involves multiple on-site instructors or printed training materials. In contrast, self-paced eLearning does not involve an instructor because the learner moves through the online training independently. This reduces or even eliminates, the costs typically associated with in-person training.
2. It automatically tracks compliance training.
One of the great benefits of eLearning is the value it offers to administrators who track compliance training. eLearning eliminates the time and energy spent manually tracking compliance training. Because eLearning is delivered electronically, data about whether (and when) a learner completes specific training is tracked effortlessly, and completion certificates are granted automatically. With eLearning, tracking compliance training is truly as easy as 1-2-3.
3. It enables 24/7 access.
Unlike in-person training that is confined to a set schedule, eLearning lets learners access material when it is most convenient for them. Coupled with the ability to be viewed on a smartphone, eLearning gives a whole new meaning to the phrase anytime, anywhere. Learners can complete a lesson while waiting for the bus on their way to work. Or they can take an end-of-class test after work, in the comfort of their homes.
4. It appeals to multiple types of learners.
There’s a long-standing debate in the education world about learners’ different so-called learning styles and whether training should be offered to match these styles. The good news is that eLearning presents content through a variety of media, which can appeal to different learners’ preferences. Videos, text, and interactive exercises (just to name a few) give learners opportunities to engage with the content in more than one way.
5. It provides immediate feedback.
An added bonus: Learners not only have anytime access to training but also get immediate feedback. When a learner completes an interactive exercise or submits a graded test, he or she sees immediate feedback.
6. It doubles as a future resource.
Because training materials and resources are available online, learners can go back to them as much as they want or need to. After completing training, learners can always revisit the material if they want to refresh on a specific topic, download a sample form, or visit a web link for more information.
7. It likely does a better job than traditional learning.
In a comprehensive study by the World Health Organization and Imperial College of London, eLearning was found to be just as or more effective than traditional learning that takes places in a classroom. This is likely due to the variety of media inherent in eLearning mentioned in #4 above. By using both text and graphics, eLearning leverages the brain’s ability to make connections. This leads to a greater understanding of the content and also supports the transfer of knowledge in different contexts (that is to say, on the job).
To sum it all up:
There are a wide variety of advantages to using eLearning for your employees’ training. It saves significant time, energy, and money, and has invaluable benefits for learners. If you currently use eLearning for your employees’ training, which benefits do you enjoy most? And if you haven’t yet made the leap, now just might be the time.