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July 2nd, 2018 10:33 by Karen Euser

As a trainer, I’ve always been a fan of online learning. Learning new skills and expanding my knowledge anytime and anywhere I want, what’s not to like. Assuming that I’m not that unique, it isn’t a surprise that more and more people and companies are becoming actively involved in eLearning, as they are starting to realize how impactful and rewarding it can be. The digital revolution is influencing your organization, but has it influenced the way you train your employees yet? 
In this digital age, your organization can really benefit from using eLearning to drive employees to successfully embrace your digital transformation. 
Here’s 4 out of 13 reasons why:

1. E-learning is flexible
Have you ever tried to organize an in-house or central training for all of your employees? Gathering your whole team together in one place is never easy and might be not that efficient either. E-learning provides the opportunity for learners to take a training and access or review content when and wherever they want. More flexibility for business owners to educate their staff when requirements change, or new products or services need to be implemented. Also, e-learning courses can be easily tailored by the training company to the needs of employees or certain groups of employees. For example, when new employees must be brought up to speed. 

2. E-learning saves time and costs
Connected to the previous point, consumed time and related costs are big downsides when it comes to educating your staff. According to Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Outlook 2017 Survey, eLearning can reduce staff training time by 40-60%.  Learners can control their own learning, without having to follow the pace of a group. They can go faster through material they already know and focus on really improving their skills and knowledge on (new) subjects.
E-learning reduces time away from the workplace because training can be done from anywhere. This way learning new skills doesn’t have to interfere with other important job tasks.
Besides, e-learning can be rolled out much quicker than face-to-face training.
3. E-learning improves learning retention
An engaging and fun e-learning course results in a higher knowledge retention rate. The research found that retention of information increased by 25 up to 60 percent. 
It also helps refresh and update learning material whenever needed, and thus the ability to learn and implement new processes or knowledge at the workplace.  This has a positive influence on your organization’s profitability and customer retention.
4. E-learning enhances engagement
Online learning software provides various communication and collaboration tools for teams of employees (and their managers). Communication, real-time feedback on the progress of the team and a little peer pressure, will lead to high engagement in the learning process. 
E-learning is evolving and growing rapidly, proving its effectiveness and benefits. Therefore, we need to embrace the power of it, even in an industry where physical training seems the only way. Think twice and explore the options.
Of course, I wouldn’t get an open-heart surgery by a surgeon who learned this skill online, but I am improving my weightlifting skills and becoming a master in creating e-learning courses.



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