E-learning in the Workplace

Where Professionals are Students and Technology Systems are the Classrooms – An Experience Shared



A couple of years ago, a home care service provider approached us looking for a workplace learning solution. It was a small business with an in-house team which comprised of majorly new inductees – they were just entering the market. The client shared with us how the company has been struggling to implement a learning system to train their staff on different subjects of home care. They had to contact professional trainers who then provided them in house training. During the sessions, they not only had to stop all other operations while the in-house training was being conducted but the company also had to pay for the trainer’s commute, accommodation and other expenses. Plus, if any of the existing employees were not present during the session, they had to rely on the information being passed on to them by their colleagues – accessibility was limited.  In short the in-house training model was presenting the company with plenty of challenges and problems and they wanted a better solution to implement a workplace learning system.

Our advice for them was to adopt the e-learning model.

E-Learning model helps to tackle the traditional challenges and problems associated with in-house training, while ensuring that your work staff can conveniently learn new skills and acquire knowledge which is essential to personal and business growth.

Did You Know?

One of the earliest examples of e-learning can be found in 1930s, where a film was used to train World War II soldiers about the handling of new weapons and instructional executions.

Traditionally and even unto present date, many organizations conduct in-house training sessions (needs and resources may vary) to contribute to professional development of their staff.  However, e-learning is fast becoming an adopted model across companies in UK and other parts of the globe. And there are good reasons for the shift.

Benefits of Workplace E-Learning System

The widely documented benefits of a workplace e-learning system include:

Cost-Effective Learning Solution

E-Learning provides cost effective training solutions for organizations. Companies don’t have to pay for acquiring the services of an out-sourced trainer, plus, the associated expenses which comes with a trainer’s travelling and accommodation. Instead, they can go for different e-learning programs already available in the market or ask solution providers to design an e-learning course as per their business’ requirements. This offers a far more cost-effective alternative as opposed to conducting in-house trainings.

A Long-Term Solution

E-learning provides a long term work place learning solution. The resources can be downloaded and saved in the records of the company’s system which can be retrieved whenever an employee wants to consult for future reference. In-house training does not provide this long-term reference convenience, as it is difficult to store and manage all the information imparted during the session.   

Easy Accessibility

E-Learning provides convenience of accessibility where the staff and employees can access the training session and informational resources from anywhere at any time. So even if any of your employees is not present in-house, they can still access the information from wherever they are.

A Time-Efficient Solution

E-learning provides a time-efficient training system. In smaller companies where it is not possible to conduct an in-house training session without disrupting the workflow and routine operations, e-learning offers the convenience of non-intrusive training. Employees can practice and refer to the session whenever they are not occupied with the workload, presenting a convenient solution for all.

Compliant and Competitive Staff

E-Learning helps in the professional development of an employee and provides them with a platform to learn new skills and gain further knowledge about the industry’s good practices. This helps in maintaining a competitive and satisfied workforce, while also making sure that your business practices remain compliant according to modern demands.

Are there any examples where companies have successfully integrated workplace e-learning program as part of their training system?

The Success Stories – We have compiled a short list of companies which successfully incorporated e-learning as part of their training models.

The Example of BBC

BBC has an editorial policy, the understanding and training of which is important for all employees to align their workings according to the organization’s strategy. This policy was traditionally held in a book form, which made the accessibility and training tedious and slow. To help with this, the company outsourced an e-learning solution which provided the training in a much lesser time frame. The e-learning model helped BBC to design a cost-effective and time-efficient solution.

The Example of Ryanair

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline company which has been providing training to its pilots through web-based programs. The courses which form part of its e-learning system include sessions on pilot conversions, ground school training and simulator training.

The Current Trends in Workplace E-learning

Interactive content has become the focus of companies and organizations. Senior leadership is looking for e-learning solutions which provide experience-enriched training sessions. A good example is the rise of H5P, which has been integrated as the modeling structure of e-learning content. Furthermore, e-learning solution providers have started incorporating video content and mobile accessibility as part of their designed programs.   

Want to Know More?

Features that You Must Look for in an E-Learning Program

If you are looking to invest in an E-Learning program, you must make sure that the training institute offers following features as part of their program:

  • All the courses should be CPD accredited as it will endorse added value on the offered certifications.
  • The program should offer option to track the activity and progress of each learner to help gauge the effectiveness of the training sessions.
  • The program should offer downloadable content and incorporate multiple content presentation strategies.
  • The e-learning program must offer unlimited test retakes.
  • The e-learning program should offer consultation services from the experienced professionals of the industry so that employees’ queries and questions can be facilitated and answered.
  • The program should be scalable to accommodate businesses of varying size.

Workplace E-Learning and You

E-learning has grown to be an established learning model in different industries and its acceptance will continue to grow stronger. Whether you serve the healthcare industry, food patrons or any other consumer niche – you can utilise e-learning to gain competitive advantage in your industry. If IT infrastructure or lack of in-house expertise is proving a constraint for you to introduce an e-learning program for your employees, contact us and we will help you out.   

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