December 8, 2014

Today, e-Learning is singularly poised to positively impact all aspects of one’s business.

It is touted everywhere as “the answer” — just as was videotape in the 1970s and was Interactive Laser Videodisc in the 1980s.

It is uniquely capable of making significant contributions to employees, management, shareholders and customers.

With online learning, organizations have a learning tool that can improve attitudes, skill levels, communications and the bottom line.

How does e-Learning manage to do all this?

Well, if the courseware has been instructionally designed to train (rather than to merely inform) and if the courseware reaches across the various individual learning styles and cultures (optional full audio and full motion video and/or graphic simulations), no other learning tool can begin to touch its benefits.

Employees can attain competency levels in less time, which leads to greater productivity. The use of optional word-for-word audio addresses the needs of all, be they fluent readers or learners who rely more on media-rich experiences.

E-Learning is available 24×7 (from anytime, from anywhere, and from any place with a high speed internet connection.

Uniform content can be delivered consistently and, with a well-designed program, the benefits of just-in-time learning are always available. (This aspect of online learning is especially valuable because it can double as a help desk or quick reference long after the initial formal training has taken place.)

Combined with an on-line skills assessment, e-Learning gives you significant savings in employee time-in-classroom as well as associated travel costs.

As long as your online learning courseware has been created by instructional designers familiar with multi-sensory media design, you are in good hands. (On the other hand, if your e-Learning courseware consists of converted PowerPoints and adapted written procedures, you will be doing your trainee population more harm than good —- because comprehension-through-reading courseware will fail to communicate with nearly half of your workforce.)

Media-based online learning offers you the potential for major increases in trainee retention and skills acquisition. These resultant performance increases will quickly add to your organizations’s profitability.

You only need to build your curricula around media-based e-Learning —- which will deliver positive results for you —- while avoiding the reading-based online learning courseware —- which won’t.

More on Wednesday – – –

– Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning
(Mondays & Wednesdays)