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October 4, 2020
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ELearning Offers Significant Business Advantages

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Using eLearning techniques and resources for business and personal training involves the use of web-based training materials. These training materials often include slide presentations, videos, audios, question and answer or multiple choice modules that have been specially designed for people to work through a course or program of materials at their own pace and on their own timetable.

ELearning presents both students and instructors with an approach to learning that differs greatly from the face-to-face sessions they are used to. It is often designed to supplement these sessions and make them more effective by focusing the group on basic information that will be covered.

ELearning should not be seen as a 'one size fits all' solution. Because elearning is more individual-centric rather than instructor-centred, an adequately experienced trainer can modify and adapt what they deliver, as they deliver it, to give extra help to those who need it. They can also answer more advanced questions from those moving through the material more quickly.

ELearning is not just the use of PowerPoint slides or transposed instructional manuals. It is a method that utilises a full range of the available technologies to facilitate learning. This method of learning utilises computer networks to deliver learning content.

Most importantly this approach enables interaction at all levels - between student and student, student and curriculum material, and student and instructor. This generally makes the learning process more fruitful from both teacher and student perspectives.

ELearning is about a whole different approach to education as compared to more traditional methods. It places the student firmly at the center of their own learning and gives them much more control of the content and pace of learning.

The role of the instructor is to be available at the side of the elearning student as a guide. In some cases instructors find it difficult to adapt to this new approach. They must let go of the "I am the font of all knowledge" approach which has been drummed into them by their academic background.

The traditional student/instructor model has been one where the person who supposedly has all the knowledge (the instructor) dispenses this knowledge to a relatively passive audience of students. Elearning renders this traditional model obsolete and ineffective. Once the student is empowered to interact with the course of study his or her own insights and experiences become a valuable addition to the learning process.

On its own, eLearning can meet a variety of learning needs. It doesn't matter whether they are aimed at a specific company initiative or part of an ongoing employee development curriculum. In today's business environment there is often very little time to spend on general training or even adequate specialized training for new initiatives.

Staff training often takes a back seat to simply moving ahead with high priority assignments. Because of the flexibile way in which eLearning courses can be designed and offered, small topics can be accessed, reviewed and absorbed much more easily by today's busy professionals than is the case with the more traditional structured approach to training.

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