How many of us have attended classroom training sessions and wanted to access the training material later for reference? You would agree that this has happened with almost all of us. This is one of the drawbacks of classroom training that we all encounter during corporate training programs. Sometimes, we wish we could go back in time to record these sessions in order to access them anytime, anyplace.
Thankfully, with time, technology has changed. Technology-enabled training programs have resolved numerous other classroom training challenges like these.
eLearning and mLearning have enabled learners to access online training that was once restricted to classrooms. Learners can now access training courses at their own convenient time and place without any problem. Online training has made learning accessible for learners looking for information just-in-time and has effectively addressed various challenges faced by learners during classroom training sessions. In this blog, we have listed five challenges that are resolved by providing online training programs to learners.
Challenge 1: Making training material available on demand
A lot of planning goes into conducting a classroom training session. It needs to be planned a few weeks in advance. Hosting a classroom training program also involves high expense on arranging an instructor for the training. With every training program required to be delivered to learners, expenses on getting instructors keep multiplying.
Technology-enabled training programs have resolved this challenge with a single-time investment in eLearning. Online training makes training programs available on demand for learners at any given time and location, when hosted on an LMS.
Challenge 2: Training in short modules
A new study from Microsoft Corp. has revealed that the average attention span of humans has reduced from 12 seconds to that of a goldfish, i.e. 8 seconds. This highlights that knowledge retention among learners has become a challenge for training and corporate organizations. Often, classroom training is conducted for long durations. This makes it difficult for learners to digest large chunks of information, thus affecting the outcome of the training.
eLearning allows learners to access training programs at any time. They can pause when they need a break, and resume the training at another time. Learning from short videos ranging from a duration of 5 – 10 minutes makes it easy for learners to retain knowledge for a longer duration without any difficulty.
Challenge 3: Provide performance support to learners
Classroom training does not provide learners with the opportunity to work on real-life scenarios. Also, arranging classroom training sessions at multiple locations in different languages is another challenge that many organizations encounter.
Online training resolves these challenges of training employees/learners in different languages and software tools, as per the organizations’ needs. Just-in-time access to online training programs makes it easy for learners to develop skills and knowledge on any software or tools they are required to work on. This provides learners with the much-needed performance support to grow professionally.
Challenge 4: Flexible training schedule
Classroom trainings are time-bound and have rigidly fixed objectives to cover. The inflexible schedules of instructors and classroom training sessions become a restriction for learners and could prevent them from taking frequent training programs.
Online training provides a flexible approach to learners. They can opt for any course, pause it whenever they want to, and continue when they feel like. Courses that are of longer durations can be easily covered in multiple sessions, if the information is too heavy to take at a single stretch. A flexible training schedule is the challenge that online training resolves without any trouble.
Challenge 5: Training in multiple time zones
Providing training to learners spread across different geographical areas is a big challenge for global organizations. Also, getting a trainer to teach the same course in different native languages is certainly one of the biggest difficulties of conducting classroom training programs.
eLearning courses can be designed and translated into multiple languages, making it easier to train learners from diverse geographies and in any language.
From these benefits, it is evident that eLearning provides concrete solutions to all the challenges of classroom training. Be it a local company or a global organization, eLearning offers extensive and simple online solutions to learners and employees, and helps meet their learning and training requirements.
To know more about how we at eNyota Learning can help you combat these challenges through our eLearning solutions, contact us today.