What Is eLearning?
eLearning is learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet.
Basically, eLearning is training, learning, or education delivered online. It is accessed using a computer or any other digital device such as a tablet or mobile phone. eLearning courses can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection.
For instance, at work, at home or even in a hotel or café! The training can be completed at any time and at your own speed. There is no actual trainer present. The range of eLearning is comprehensive. It can be a short course you complete on your tablet, a university degree and everything in between.
What are the advantages of eLearning?
There are many advantages of eLearning, both for individual learners and businesses alike.
- Quick and Easy
eLearning is ideal if you have an urgent training requirement. It is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It provides fast certification when you need it.
eLearning really does give you the opportunity to study anywhere you chose and at any time. It can fit around your busy schedule and allows you to learn at a time that best suits you. Whether that’s a spare 15 minutes at home when the kids have gone to bed, or an hour on the journey to work, you can access your training whenever it’s convenient.
The software will automatically save your progress. This means that you are easily able to pick back up from where you left off.
- Time and Money Savings
Traditional classroom training can be expensive. When you factor in the cost of the course, the time away from work, travelling to and from the course and the cost of overnight expenses. In comparison, eLearning reduces all these costs to a minimum.
- Audited, Approved and Accredited
Accepted by Environmental Health Officers, Local Authorities and other professional bodies. The syllabus matches classroom courses and leads to a Certificate of Completion.
There is also now an opportunity to convert your eLearning course into a fully accredited qualification. If there is an equivalent accredited qualification available, such as the Highfield Level 3 Award in Food Safety. It is possible to arrange an online remotely invigilated examination. Although there is an additional fee for this service, it means you can obtain an Ofqual accredited qualification from the comfort of your home or office!
- No Social Distancing
eLearning takes away the need for social distancing!
Training can be completed in your own home or office, away from everyone else. It allows you to train your staff without having to consider social distancing or your COVID risk assessment.
- You’re in Control
This online learning allows you to track the progress of your staff’s training in one place.
Your chosen Administrator or Manager will be able to see the learner’s progress. They will also be able to generate reports relating to their training. This enables them to have a better understanding of how their staff are getting on with their training.
Are there any disadvantages of eLearning?
Like all training delivery methods, eLearning is not perfect and it does have some disadvantages.
There are some courses that you need to complete practical elements in order to gain a full qualification. First Aid is a good example of this. It is however possible to opt for a “blended” course. This means candidates complete the theory element of the course via eLearning and then they attend a classroom session to complete the practical parts and the invigilated exam.
It is hard to replace the human element of a traditional classroom course, particularly as this allows candidates to interact with other people and ask questions. If you feel that this element of the training is vital you may like to consider our interactive online training, which we deliver via Zoom.
Why eLearning is a good training option?
When releasing staff for training is tricky, eLearning makes perfect sense.