E-learning: learn which format suits your organization and get quick results

by Danique Geskus | Nov 8, 2023

Discover the world of e-learning and its impact on organizations. In this blog, we explore the meaning of e-learning and the different forms it takes. From asynchronous and synchronous e-learning to gamification and adaptive systems, we show how these approaches enable employees to acquire knowledge and skills flexibly. We also discuss the advantages of e-learning, such as cost savings and scalability, as well as some potential disadvantages, such as technological requirements and reduced social interaction. In addition, we are introducing Learned, a platform that helps increase completion rates and integrate e-learning into a holistic talent management strategy. Discover how e-learning can take your organization to new heights!


What is e-learning?

E-learning refers to the process of online learning through digital platforms and tools. It allows individuals to flexibly acquire knowledge and skills through electronic media, such as computers, tablets and smartphones. E-learning includes various learning methods, such as interactive modules, videos, quizzes and virtual classrooms. It offers advantages such as self-directed learning, time and location independence, and scalability. Organizations are using e-learning for employee training and development, saving costs and increasing access to education. E-learning has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HR-related training.


What are the different types of e-learning?

As you can hear, e-learning is very broadly applicable and has a lot of potential. To give you a better idea of the different applications, we have listed the different forms of e-learning.

  1. One popular form is asynchronous e-learning, in which learners can access online course materials, such as videos, text documents and interactive modules, at their own pace. This flexibility allows for learning at times best suited to individual needs.
  2. Another form is synchronous e-learning, in which learners participate in live virtual classrooms via videoconferencing platforms. This provides interactive opportunities such as asking questions and sharing ideas with teachers and peers in real time.
  3. Gamification is also an exciting approach to e-learning, incorporating game elements to increase engagement and motivation. Learners can earn points, unlock levels and receive badges as they acquire new knowledge and skills.
  4. Adaptive e-learning adapts to learners’ individual needs and learning styles, providing a personalized learning experience. The system analyzes progress and provides specific content and support based on the learner’s strengths and weaknesses.
  5. With the rise of mobile technologies, mobile e-learning has become increasingly popular. By using smartphones and tablets, learners can learn anytime, anywhere, whether while commuting or in the comfort of their own homes.


Advantages and disadvantages of e-learning

To help you make an informed decision for implementing e-learning in your organization, we have obviously looked at its various advantages, but also any disadvantages to consider.

Benefits of facilitating e-learning:

  1. Flexibility: E-learning allows employees to learn at their own pace and access course materials at their convenience. This increases flexibility and makes learning accessible to everyone, regardless of location or schedule.
  2. Cost savings: E-learning can be cost effective compared to traditional classroom training. It eliminates the need for travel expenses, accommodations and printed learning materials. In addition, online courses can be used multiple times, avoiding repetition costs.
  3. Scalability: E-learning can easily scale to meet the needs of a growing organization. It allows training and development programs to be carried out on a large scale without the need for additional physical resources or teachers.
  4. Individual customization: E-learning allows employees to follow their own learning path based on their specific needs. Adaptive e-learning can customize content based on individual strengths and weaknesses, creating a personalized learning experience.

Disadvantages of facilitating e-learning:

  1. Technological requirements: E-learning requires reliable Internet connections and access to appropriate devices, such as computers, tablets or smartphones. Not all employees may have the necessary technology or skills to deal with it.
  2. Reduced social interaction: In an e-learning environment, the lack of personal interaction with instructors and fellow students can be a drawback. Some employees prefer face-to-face interaction for better understanding and collaboration.
  3. Self-discipline and motivation: E-learning requires self-discipline and motivation from employees to stay motivated and complete the course. The lack of external structure and guidance may cause some employees to struggle to engage and successfully complete the course.
  4. Technical problems: Technical problems, such as software bugs or Internet outages, can disrupt the learning process and cause frustration among employees.


Increase your e-learning completion rates with Learned

Want to make sure your employees’ started e-learnings are actually completed? At Learned, we make e-learning an integral part of your entire talent management strategy. The required e-learnings are determined depending on the employee’s career path and then progress is discussed in all the conversations you have in Learned. This way you discuss bottlenecks early and celebrate successes together.

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