After an in-depth analysis of the various training programmers’ organized by industries, a consensus has been reached to get better returns on investment on employees to boost productivity by induction of e-learning into the training process. The scalability/ standardization e-learning are difficult to be replaced by any other training process. The biggest advantage of induction of e-learning into the training process is its global reach. E-learning helps in reaching all employees across the globe simultaneously while ensuring quality of training. However, another major attraction is that it is considered cost-efficient.
“Class room training involves cost of travel, boarding and lodging (if it is off-site) and also, loss of productivity when the trainee takes the day/days off from work. By utilizing e-learning capsules, you can save on the recurring costs such as that of trainers, venues etc,” explains Mohandas Menon, VP, education, QAI. This new medium of learning initially requires organizations to organize drives and squeeze in the new learning techniques into the classroom techniques first, in order to make the trainees to get accustomed to using new applications.
Since e-learning does not impose any time frame, it is therefore a basic requisite from the learners to plan and set out definite timelines to complete the online courses.Providing reading material, power point presentations are not enough in the current scenario and the trainees should get the feel of the business and hone their problem solving skills. For this simulation of real- life situations and problems would be more beneficial than a lecture on how to face them.
The new e-learning tools are
*Asynchronous e- learning facilated by podcast, e-mails, discussion boards etc. offer flexibility to users as they access content whenever they feel like.
*Synchronous e-learning facilitated by instant messaging, chat-rooms, video broadcasting etc. allow users to feel more involved and less secluded.
*Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS) empower employees to perform tasks with a minimum amount of external intervention or training.
In total, e-learning is the new mantra for training to achieve better returns on investment.