Developing a Learning Culture

The Fortune 100: Why and How They’re Using eLearning

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There’s a reason the Fortune 100 makes the cut as the professional elite in America: They know how to apply their resources. This is especially true when it comes to company training through eLearning. By recognizing the value of eLearning, multimedia training and even gamification, Fortune 100 companies get a leg up on the competition to keep their spots among the top organizations in the country.

Why eLearning? Accessibility!

In an address for the Oklahoma Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference, Dell training advisor Danielle Strazzo polled seven Fortune 100 companies on their reasons for implementing an eLearning strategy. One hundred percent of responders cited learner accessibility as the most important factor in the decision – making sure that all employees had access to the same training, regardless of their location.

Another major factor? Training expense reduction, which was a concern for 57 percent of respondents. Travel time, company resources and course materials could all be slashed with eLearning applications. Of course, employee preferences was another deciding factor, since a large chunk of learners simply preferred the flexibility and efficiency of eLearning to traditional methods.

eLearning Methods Smaller Companies can Utilize

Fortune 100 companies have a lot of information to give to employees, from workplace safety training to leadership skills and industry-specific trends and techniques. Therefore, smaller companies could take a cue from the Fortune 100 organizations implementing eLearning for workplace training. Most know the value of cutting up courses into bite-sized pieces: A two-hour course is routinely chopped into 10- to 30-minute segments for better digestibility.

Another concern for these huge corporations is ensuring that materials and multimedia are available in all locations; even those without access to high bandwidth. That means condensing courses and utilizing a combination of video, audio, and text, a lesson in blended learning that any company can take into consideration.