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How can eLearning complement more traditional methods of learning for Bolting Personnel?

As the world adjusts to the new normal and businesses and individuals look towards the future, eLearning is undoubtedly on the rise, as it complements the more traditional methods of learning.

The notable growth of eLearning is allowing people to undertake remote learning on digital platforms, and as research suggests, online education has been shown to increase the retention of information.

Research and market forecasts predict that eLearning will grow to $325 Billion by 2025 and clearly the benefits of eLearning are undeniable. Here are the top reasons why it is a learning channel to consider and potentially adopt for the future alongside traditional methods of learning.

Learn Wherever, Whenever.

With further development into IT infrastructure such as the widely accessible Microsoft Teams and Zoom platforms, communication tools have evolved further to bring people closer together.

eLearning provides convenient and flexible access to learning materials which in turn enables individuals to access course content any time or anywhere in the world, all that is needed is an internet connection and a computer or mobile device.

As an “eLearner” you can conduct self-paced study, meaning modules can be started and finished at any point with progress saved and a resume option upon return to the course. It is down to the individual to manage the study process from learning to completion and certification. This flexible learning approach can be tailored to fit around work and home life so there is no pressure to complete the course within a strict time frame.

A key advantage of using this form of digital education is that course content can be re-visited numerous times and the Learner can ensure that they fully understand the information before progressing onto further modules or course assessment. This differs to the classroom environment where numerous notes are generally taken in order to absorb the information being presented at that moment in time, which can often cause distraction and result in missing other key learning points.

Learning Styles to suit everyone.

People learn in different ways, so it is crucial to find a solution that works for everyone and eLearning can sometimes miss the mark when it comes to addressing the needs of Learners who have a diverse range of learning styles.

While the majority of eLearning courses effectively cover the requirements of the Visual and Auditory Learner with audio speech options, on screen text, closed caption language capability and the ability to download or access additional reference materials. The needs of the Kinesthetic Learner who prefers the more physical approach to learning is often overlooked, and the inclusion of videos or animations to convey a task or process may be more appropriate.

Follow up practical hands-on training via a blended learning solution or task-based assignments under supervision in the workplace should also be considered to cover any craft-based training requirements, which also benefits the learning style of the Social Learner who learns best by working with others and can sometimes feel isolated when completing online training via eLearning.

It is therefore essential to identify and cover the different learning styles within an eLearning course, as it proves beneficial to the Learner, increases academic confidence and ensures that each Learner is equally skilled upon completion of training.

Saves Time and Money

Sending people off-site or having time off work to learn the required skills can be costly and time restrictive. By completing the pre-requisite knowledge-based requirements ahead of time via eLearning, Learners can understand and develop their academic knowledge prior to attendance of practical hands-on instructor led training as part of a blended learning solution.

Being prepared for instructor led training ahead of time can reduce the overall costs and with limited training budgets this can be a win-win situation, enabling the workforce to upskill or refresh at a fraction of the cost.

It can also mean that training is conducted quicker or in a more effective way which means that employees are “out of action” for a shorter period of time and could potentially be back to work quicker, applying their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace.

For employers, eLearning also provides a useful and cost-effective tool to address refresher or compliance training for employees and can be easily updated with new company policies, procedures or safety alerts on a regular basis.

Traceable Digital Footprint

With unique eLearning platform login details, course enrolment, progress dashboard and reporting options, each Learners online training history and certification is recorded at every stage and can be accessed at any point to validate previous education and certification expiry.

Check points such as quizzes upon completion of each module, end of course assessments and certification are crucial to ensure that information is absorbed, and the required levels of competency are achieved.

Online training, recording and traceable evidence is key to everyone’s digital future and can be extremely beneficial in securing jobs and further learning and development opportunities.

The Future of Learning

eLearning has become an important learning channel and with the improvement of internet access and communication tools, it has the potential to provide more people with access to education around the globe.

eLearning is an effective medium for providing pre-requisite information or refresher training and enables individuals to have access to a digital education which is not restricted by their location, time zone or travel restrictions.

It is important however to remember that eLearning is not the only channel available for effective learning and development. It remains a key learning aid and alternative pre-requisite when combined with practical hands-on training as a blended learning solution, to ensure an all-round experience is achieved, covering all learning styles.

Improved access to eLearning options will also enable individuals to stay up to date with industry best practice and enhance their knowledge and competency in an ever-changing landscape, especially in these unprecedented times of restricted travel and instructor led training delivery options.

For more information on the Hydratight Academy eLearning course library or to access your digital future via our eLearning platform please email the Hydratight Academy at eLearning@hydratight.com