E-learning: Definition & benefits

What is e-learning?

Quite simply, e-learning is electronic learning, and typically this means using a computer to deliver part, or all of a course whether it's in a school, part of your mandatory business training or a full distance learning course.

In the early days it received a bad press, as many people thought bringing computers into the classroom would remove that human element that some learners need, but as time has progressed technology has developed, and now we embrace smartphones and tablets in the classroom and office, as well as using a wealth of interactive designs that makes distance learning not only engaging for the users, but valuable as a lesson delivery medium.

Building partnerships with quality training providers, and combining this with a dedicated experienced technical team and support staff, Virtual College provides the perfect blended learning environment, offering anyone the chance to take their online training to the next level.

What are the benefits?

There are several benefits to e-learning whether you choose to use it on its own, or to enhance your existing in house training. We've listed a few below, but for more information on how your business can save time and money you can call today and speak to one of our Ilkley based support team.

It's cost effective and saves time:

By reducing the time taken away from the office, removing travel costs and doing away with printed materials, online learning helps you to save money and increase workplace productivity. It also means your staff will be happier and focussed.

Learning 24/7, anywhere:

Many face to face courses only operate within normal office hours. By allowing staff to complete the course when and where they like you can make sure disruptions to your busy working schedule are minimised. This also means that your staff will be happier because they don't need to travel to specific training centres, and if they have important work to catch up on mandatory training can be done outside of office hours in exchange for lieu time. Most of our courses have an average learning time, and our CPD approved courses allow learners to print out certificates of proof.

It makes tracking of course progress a breeze:

Perhaps the most important aspect of using computers for training is that it with a well implemented Learning Management System (LMS) makes it easy to track and prove progress for your staff and learners. This can be essential for our most popular courses where proof of mandatory training is required. Virtual College has developed its own tools to support our course content and learner tracking, called E>nable. Find out more about our Learning Management System here or call our support team on 01943 605976.

It's discreet:

Not everybody feels comfortable learning in a large group, especially if they find something hard to understand that co-workers have no problem with. E-learning allows each individual to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks being set in place to ensure a thorough understanding throughout each module.

But a computer can't do everything can it!

Nothing is perfect, and we understand that in some cases (such as 17th Edition (BS7671:2008) EAL and City & Guilds 2382-10 electricians course) it is vital that people are tested under strict exam conditions. For that reason, Virtual College works with industry professionals to ensure all of our online course materials are approved and available to help you prepare for that final qualification. We also have a division dedicated to the implementation of 'blended learning', which is to take use e-learning alongside traditional face to face training to combine the benefits. We call this section of the business YP Training. Blended learning is the perfect approach for environments such as manufacturing plants where e-learning can teach the theory, but there is a need for practical training to ensure competency. The use of e-learning for the theory element of training means that shop floor workers spend less time away from the job. We've even transferred this process into the Apprenticeship sector. If you're concerned that some things can't be taught by a computer, or that e-learning just isn't for you, why not call our support team who'll be able to advise you.

Source: http://www.virtual-college.co.uk/elearning/elearning.aspx

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