Corporate e-Learning is here to stay, and is has already benefited many enterprises. Due to the self-paced, individualized approach inherent in eLearning, this type of learning is a match made in heaven for go-getters, employees who take personal responsibility for their career paths. Conversely, those who coast through life and get by with entire careers will take no more initiative in their approach to eLearning than they do in completing their work assignments. We’ll look at a variety of pros and cons that businesses with a corporate eLearning strategy have encountered.
Advantages of Corporate eLearning
As you read through the list of advantages of corporate eLearning, you might be thinking to yourself, “Yes, but that could be a disadvantage as well.” You’re right, but we’ll address the “glass half empty” in the next section.
- Students can work at their own pace and skip over material they already know.
- BYOD enables learning anywhere, anytime.
- Provides the platform for better engagement and retention.
- Eliminates all-day trainings in favor of snippets of training that can be accomplished during downtime.
- Reduces travel time, expense and time away from work.
- Enables continuing education and mentoring while encouraging an espirit de corps by breaking down silos with social learning.
- Realizes cost savings by eliminating some instructors, dedicated classrooms, dedicated computers, etc.
- Allows the enterprise to build a library of courses that serves as a repository for new and current employees.
- Supports self-starters in pursuit of their career ambitions.
Disadvantages of Corporate eLearning
- Eliminates the structure of classroom instruction that some learners need.
- Introduces isolation into the learning environment.
- Low-tech learners can have a difficult time navigating the training.
- The eLearning might require more up-to-date technology than is available in the workplace.
- Older workers might not be able to BYOD (MOBILE LEARNING).
- When introducing eLearning, the training department must “sell” the concept to reluctant employees.