Value of Digital Learning
WHAT IS DIGITAL LEARNING (OR E-LEARNING)?
Digital Learning, or online learning, really refers to the use of technology to select, design, deliver, administer, facilitate and support learning. The term covers a wide set of applications and processes, including computer-based learning, web-based learning and mobile learning which allows for a modern and flexible way of learning that adapts to an individual‘s situational circumstances.
In this blog we will cover:
Why Bizzco is going Digital
The benefits of Digital Learning
WHY IS BIZZCO GOING DIGITAL?
Bizzco consistently stays ahead of the curve when it comes to producing learning material – we realise that Supply Chain is an ever changing, ever growing animal, and therefore needs constant updating. Whilst staying ahead of the curve with our training material we realised we also need to stay ahead of our training METHODS!
Since 2000, the digital learning industry has grown by 900% and will continue that upward trend.
Digital Learning offers flexibility that, in this day and age, we all need! We also know that learners are not always able to take time out of their working day to go to a classroom. We have therefore created a platform for learners to study at their own pace, wherever, whenever and at an affordable cost.
Benefits of Digital Learning (for individuals)
Learners, especially at remote sites, have anytime, anywhere access to training opportunities.
Learners have access to standardised training opportunities.
Money can be saved by not having to physically attend class.
Textbook cost is cut by the use of internet base libraries and educational websites.
It provides avenues for human development and bridges the digital divide thus enabling participants to fit in the global economy and to be up to date with the advanced countries.
It enables each student to learn at his or her pace and speed thereby giving him or her greater control over their own learning process.
Learners can take courses at their convenience, which are relevant to their specific needs without being away from the workplace.
Tracking and reporting mechanisms provide feedback, which can be used to continuously improve training interventions, and give updates to learners.
Online learning is not the next best thing. It is the now big thing – Donna J Abernathy
Benefits for employers
A large decision making factor for employers on whether to go digital or not is the cost. There is always a question whether using Digital Learning Service Providers is really worth the investment? Are the benefits significant enough? For HR Managers who may still be on the fence about whether or not to use Digital Learning Service Providers, here are some highlights and benefits you might not have considered.
Reduced delivery costs
With Digital Learning, the delivery costs will reduce because there is no longer a need for printed training materials or even on-site facilitators, given that the Training Provider gives employees all the information they will need within the online training platform. The costs of an online training platform are minimal when compared to traditional face-to-face employee development interventions.
Also, when it comes to booking Facilitators, you will no longer have to pay for travel and/or accommodations for the Facilitators, because employees can learn online.
When an employee is able to learn in an interactive and engaging setting, then this leads to improved knowledge and skill set retention. Giving them access to interactive, reality-based scenarios, and assessments enable them to digest the information more effectively, which allows them to utilize their skills in the working environment.
Gives employees the opportunity to learn at their own pace
Employees are given the opportunity to acquire and fully absorb what is being taught before they move on within the online training course. This process is beneficial to them because assessments are built in and they are forced to take their learning seriously.
Quick and convenient training updates
If there is a need to inform your staff about changes, then you can do so without having to rewrite emails and messages, and risk miscommunication and confusion amongst the employees. Simply alert the Training Provider and they can add the message to the LMS and make it mandatory for your staff to log in to learn about the new information. This will take the pressure off the Training Personnel, and gives them time to focus on other work.
Easy access to information
Digital Learning gives your employees the chance to access resources quickly via the LMS. By including links to articles and videos and other resources. This assists in expanding their knowledge, they are not only limited to books and Facilitator sessions.
Increases employee productivity
Staff members who are better trained, more knowledgeable about products and services, and have acquired the knowledge they need to support their co-workers are going to be more efficient. This may even help to improve your business image and bottom line.
Reduced employee turnover rates
Happy and well-informed employees are employees who are more likely to remain loyal to your organization. By giving them access to training, they can further their professional goals and feel motivated to improve their on-the-job performance.
Training can be rolled out quickly to a large number of participants, therefore your budget will be spread to a large number of employees. That will make more employees happy because this will be a fair practice. Participation in training can easily be checked and participant progress can be monitored.
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In conclusion, the vast majority of people are satisfied with their online education and happy that they chose it over traditional classroom education. We hope this blog has given you sufficient positives and negatives to make an informed decision.