E-Learning is about delivering training or education program by electronic means.
Usually organizations facilitate its employees to take up technical & soft skills trainings to get aligned to the expected calibrations as per the organization competency framework. The Learning & Development (L&D) departments are realigning the training methods to engage their talents & improve performance.
Adaptive learning is a methodology that allows employees to learn at their own pace. In recent years, there is a raising demand for E-learning where employees can access public hosted or private hosted e-learning platforms to access the training courses using a browser across any device of their choice. They can subscribe to courses from the online catalog and company can set pre-requisites & deadlines to employees for taking up the training courses. There are several advantages for switching from traditional classroom based training to e-learning.
E-Learning Courses are expected to grow by 59% in next 2 years (2016 & 2017)
Report : Learning and Development trends and practices that were published in the annual Learning and Development survey report of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) says E-learning courses are expected to grow by 59% in next two years.
CIPD says “there is a growing shift towards creating a learning culture” where trainers and peers can share internal knowledge, collaborate, openly communicate and learn in a socially engaging environment.
Below mentioned are some of the key features why Corporate opts for e-learning courses instead of preferring traditional classroom based instructor led training:
Cost Effective Delivery
As e-learning courses provide high re-usability, it serves as a cost effective mode of training compared to instructor led courses. Corporate don’t have the burden for paying for instructor’s travel & accommodation charges any more. It reduces delivery cost & can train more employees quickly. Providing online platform will remove the need for printed course materials as all that is required for employees is available in the e-learning platform, always accessible for employees.
Assessment / Certifications Management
E-learning courses often provide post-training assessment & certifications as part of the curriculum. Hence, there is no separate admin activities required. The course will be deemed complete only upon taking post-training assessment & the quiz rating score is announced automatically. It is easy for L&D team to track the course progress or assessment results to suggest the next activities.
Ease of Scheduling
Unlike in instructor led courses, where due to project dynamism, often employees are struck due to unexpected project delivery issues, etc leading to last minute training cancellation. In e-learning, employees can be given a target date of completion (upon mutual agreement) & employees can complete the training at their ease in parts or as a whole as per their convenience. In this way, both project delivery requirements & employee’s competency improvement plan can be met easily. Employees can access training courses anytime, anywhere, as they prefer. Also, this provides a convenient way to access the training materials easily & will increase employee satisfaction.
How it helps in reducing attrition?
Yes, It will reduce attrition if your employees are primarily leaving your organization, as they don’t feel organization facilitates towards their skills development. Often employees are frustrated as they end up cancelling their training workshops, due to unplanned project emergencies. E-learning can provide a platform for employees to take up their trainings at their ease, in parts or as a whole absolutely at their convenience. This will definitely help to boost your employee’s satisfaction level.
Technical Query Support Level
In e-learning courses, many feel the training will not be very interactive. But e-learning course providers facilitate support-by-mail & support-by-call options to handle technical queries. Some facilitate specific number of virtual meeting hours where training audience can virtually meet the Author/SME to clarify all the technical queries upon completion of the course.
Custom courses with defined Competency tracks
Every organization & its employees have unique needs though the subject area is the same. Unless, e-learning course provider facilitates several custom made courses along with its core general courses for various technical competency levels, say Beginner level, Intermediate level, Advance level, etc, employees will not have enough motivation to quickly take up all the courses in their respective competency track. E-learning courses needs to be planned with different competency tracks in mind that can help in creating a learning path. For example, we can have Performance Testing Track, where several courses on test methodologies, concepts & tools can be introduced in systematic fashion, Performance Engineering Track will include several courses which focuses of performance problem diagnosis & tuning & 3rd track – Transitioning Performance Tester to Engineering discipline, can focus on several courses that can help a Performance tester to have a career towards engineering discipline.
Provision employees to learn at their pace
Not all employees will be able to learn at same pace. E-learning will facilitate employees to learn at their own pace & repeat lectures based on their need as & when they require. This asynchronous mode of delivery helps employees with different pace to cope up & complete the course at their own interest & capability level effectively. It helps to save time & offer great flexibility to busy employees.
Is your organization moving towards E-Learning from traditional training model?
At EliteSouls, we offer specialized services on Non-Functional Testing (NFR Testing) aspects, including e-learning courses through our online academy. We strongly believe E-Learning is the more adaptive, acceptable & scalable model to meet today’s dynamic Corporate needs (though we also offer instructor led training programs strictly on case basis).
We offer various e-learning courses on NFR testing aspects, Performance Testing & Engineering discipline, to start with & new courses on Security testing, UI & UX testing will be made available soon. Check out our e-learning courses at http://elitesouls.teachable.com/
We have 2 courses published so far for individuals & more courses to be ready shortly.
If you are interested to host our e-learning courses at your Corporate or require access to our ELearning platform, to access our courses, do share your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have special Corporate Packages for accessing our online courses. We also offer custom course specially designed for Corporates.