Following the rise of online learning, many have begun to wonder whether e-learning really is just as good, if not better, than traditional learning. Naturally, this depends on the context! However, overall, experience and results have shown that e-learning within the sales sector is more than just as good – it is extremely advantageous when it comes to cutting costs, improving accessibility, and increasing knowledge retention. These are just a few advantages – let’s expand on these.
1. Saves Time and Money
Online learning is more flexible and saves time because your employees can complete it in their own time, making onboarding much more productive. This saves your company time and money as you won't need to schedule costly meetings or travel to training sessions. In addition, e-learning allows you to track your employees' progress as they complete their training sessions. It can additionally be used to help train staff members who are not yet fully up to speed with a particular topic.
2. Better Knowledge Retention
If you're designing e-learning courses, you need to keep in mind a few key points to ensure that your content is memorable. Learning should be brief and to the point; too much information can cause poor knowledge retention. When designing eLearning courses, the dictum of "less is more" is an excellent guide. Likewise, it's best to break your learning objectives into bite-sized chunks, each focused on a single, clear outcome – e-learning enables this! This is why at Lighthouse Organizational Development, we offer e-learning that implements the latest findings in pedagogy.
3. Standardized Training
Organizations need to train new hires on the standards and structure of the company. Using e-learning, companies can provide standardized training for their employees that will ensure they are delivering results in a consistent manner. This approach is more cost-effective than traditional classroom-style training and allows organizations to keep pace with a fast-paced work environment.
The online environment allows companies like yours to customize their training goals and monitor progress while employees complete the training at their own pace. Whether completing a short course or a longer course, employees learn the exact same material, ensuring that the takeaways are the same for all employees, and hence, that human error is less likely.
While the training is standardized, it is nonetheless flexible. Companies each have different outcomes to work towards. Thus, they need onboarding and training methods that are personalized and specifically targeted to their audiences – new employees, current salespeople, and so on. With e-learning, the material taught and learned can be adjusted to fit your specific company’s needs, hence providing your employees with personalized content that is only applicable to your company.
Many organizations are looking to make their e-learning courses more accessible for disabled learners. This approach is beneficial to employees and the organization alike. A disabled employee cannot do their job effectively if they are unable to access training. Thankfully, e-learning helps solve this problem.
Interested in learning more about how we can help your team? Contact us today to inquire about the services Lighthouse Organizational Development can provide for you.