While you might still consider it the “new guy” on the training and education scene, eLearning offers results that are quick, effective and offer higher retention rates than traditional training methods alone. And while on the outside, eLearning and face-to-face training are the same in the sense that they both deliver information to the learner, eLearning is fundamentally different in its delivery and results. Dying to know what makes eLearning tick? It’s more a question of why it works – rather than how.
One of the main reasons that custom eLearning is effective is that it’s the perfect delivery method for multimedia. Where else can a learner check out a graphic, watch a video, or share a clip online while learning? Rather than pages of text or the spoken word, multimedia gets learners engaged and excited about the material.
It’s a well-documented truth that the more senses engaged while learning, the better the recall later. When eLearning engaged a learner’s eyes, ears and hands during a course, sensory learning enhances what could have been a lackluster experience.
Learning is not a one-size-fits-all experience – and eLearning understands that. By creating a unique and individual experience for each learner to discover, read, watch and interact at his own pace, eLearning creates an educational atmosphere more conducive to learning and retention.
Freedom… to Fail.
When in a traditional classroom setting, a student might be less likely to raise a hand and risk failure. eLearning gives learners permission to explore, test and yes, even fail as part of the learning process – no judgment here.
Who wants to sit through hours of class time to get a few minutes worth of new information? eLearning speeds up the process for those learners who go at a quicker pace, saving time and resources for the ultimate in efficiency.
If you really want students to retail what they learn, you’ll need to aim for high satisfaction rates. If your learner has a bad attitude, you could wind up with a disengaged class. eLearning increases learner satisfaction and promotes a better attitude, so new info actually sticks.
They say that variety of the spice of life, but it’s also the main ingredient for eLearning. In fact, a study published in a 2010 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that a wide variety of material and delivery methods resulted in an 11 percent bump in efficiency over traditional classroom-based methods.
Getting a quiet class talking can be an instructor’s biggest nightmare, especially when you get more crickets than input. eLearning allows learners to connect outside of the classroom, thanks to forums, social media and a flipped classroom model. The result? Learners who are actually willing to talk.
New-school learners require more innovative methods and delivery system. With an ever-increasing millennial workforce, eLearning, embraces technology and new ideas for younger learners.
The efficiency of eLearning could be argued in a number of ways, but it can be simply boiled down to one component: Retention. Learners who are engaged, who are excited about the course material, who actually want to experience the concepts through games, quizzes, discussions and more actually retain information better. Check out our resources page for more information.
eLearning offers both instructors and learners a better way to convey and share information. Whether it’s a training course on a new concept or onboarding new employees, eLearning works by engaging learners and increasing knowledge retention rates – not bad for being the new guy, right?