With online training becoming an ever more important part of professional development, a local learning provider has highlighted some of the pros for businesses utilising it in conjunction with classroom-based training.
Imagine Training, which specialises in providing a range of technology-focused training courses to clients across Shropshire, supports recent figures which predict that by the end of 2015, 98% of companies will use e-learning courses as part of their internal learning strategies.
Karen Turner, Managing Director of Imagine Training, explained: “The digital world is continuing to grow and develop at an incredible rate, so it’s no surprise that predictions for the use of online learning is so positive and forward-looking. It’s a popular method of learning, not only because delegates can complete short courses, with targeted training requirements, but they can also save time travelling to and from training venues. Feedback on one of our live Excel courses has been extremely positive because of this, with delegates finding it convenient to join from their own desk using an internet connection.”
According to a recent infographic on TrainingZone1, 42% of leading learning companies say online learning has led to an increase in revenue and 56% of those said it had improved productivity. In addition, 83% of organisations are predicted to use video as part of their digital learning efforts, and 74% of people are currently using mobile devices for e-learning, with that figure expected to rise to 81% by 2016.
“There are many options available with online courses, with individuals able to join in and collaborate to a group session, call-in or have access to the trainer’s own computer or laptop screen, as well as one-to-one lessons tailored around their specific training requirements,” Karen added. “The fact that online training is still very much two-way is appealing for many, even for those who benefit from learning in a team, as they can contribute when they want and choose to learn on their own, when they want.
“The demand for e-learning doesn’t mean that the need for classroom-based courses will lessen, however, as many people still prefer to learn face-to-face. But as more qualifications become available online, employees have even more avenues to explore their own professional development, and businesses have even more opportunities to support them.”