The concept of eLearning focuses on the use of electronic media and information technology in education. The core idea is that anyone (with an internet connection) can have access to educational information, anywhere in the world. It’s like having thousands of students in one class, all in the front row, and they all focus on what the professor is teaching.
Besides this ability to reach a very broad audience, eLearning courses have other advantages:
- They are self-paced. Some students learn languages and literature easier than mathematics or physics; others do the opposite. They can all learn at least the basics of every subject. However, the time needed to assimilate the different information differs from person to person, from subject to subject. eLearning courses don’t impose peer pressure, and allow students to learn any given subject faster or slower.
- They are more efficient than traditional learning techniques. According to a recent study conducted by the Research Institute of America, the information retention rates (how much knowledge is truly acquired during the learning process) of eLearning are up to 60% higher than those of traditional methods.
- They are eco-friendly. All those thousands of students in one class have the possibility of using no paper at all in their learning process. If they do use some paper, the amount is significantly lower than for traditional courses. In this way, eLearning contributes to lower numbers of cut trees, and e-students help protect the environment.
- They save time. Students can choose the hour of the day for the beginning of an e-course; they are the ones who decide how much time they are willing to allocate to each session of the course. Plus, nobody has to commute to get a seat in an e-course.
Businesses and eLearning
According to a study published in January this year by Infiniti Research, the global corporate eLearning market is to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 5.23% over the period 2013–2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased need for effective cost savings. At least 50% of corporations reduced their costs (both money and time) after replacing traditional instructor-based training with eLearning.
One major trend being seen in the eLearning market is the increasing demand for tablets in enterprises. This is because tablets help enterprises better control and manage support costs. In organisations, enterprise mobility is on the rise, making eLearning on tablets almost a necessity along with other business-related activities. On the basis of technology, learning on tablets has become more effective for corporates than learning on mobile devices because of their screen size, which offers a better learning area.
Companies who use eLearning tools and strategies have the potential to boost productivity by up to 50%. For every $1 a company spends, it can receive an estimated $30 worth of productivity.
eLearning translation services
For multinational companies, having eLearning available means that training can quickly and cheaply be repurposed to be used by non-English speaking employees. eLearning translation means that you only need to produce the training materials once, and then have the content translated and deployed to your non-English speaking staff. There’s no need for a host of trainers, and all the recording tools which come with eLearning packages can be integrated into your current systems.
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