The Benefits of Online Learning

Posted By Clayton Williams on October 12, 2013
There are many types of training methods each with their own merit and value. The focus of this article is to introduce the concept of Online Learning and to talk about its specific benefits. At its core, Online Learning is the process of leveraging computing technology to present and receive course content. The presentation and approach may vary from video conferencing, interactive games, social networking, and much more. Here are some of the primary benefits to online learning.

Saves Money: Online training saves a lot of cost. It can all but eliminate travel costs for both Instructors and Students. The cost to produce and print training material can also be reduced.
These savings can then be passed to registrants through reduced registration and less material cost. Eliminates the cost associated with canceling an event due to low enrollment. In general, Instructors should also be able to facilitate more training courses with an increased class size allowing for the potential for additional revenue. 

Saves Time: Online professional development reduces travel time for both instructors and students. It also reduces the time needed to plan/coordinate schedules for people, facilities, and course materials.  

Adds Efficiency: In any industry there are times when standards change or new laws are introduced possibly effecting a large portion of training content. With online content the time it takes to update and distribute these changes is far easier.

Adds Credit Options: Higher Education institutions can be very generous in partnering with you to offer Graduate Credit or Continuing Education Credits (CEU) for your training material. This can significantly increase the value of your training program. It has also been shown that online education programs work well for certification/re-certification and orientation programs 

Adds Flexibility: E-Learning can also offer options for fully self-paced and self-directed learning. Since online content can be made available anytime, and any place where there is internet access. It also means a training program does not have to be restrictive to a time frame allowing participants to jump in at any point.

Adds Consistency: Online training adds a new level of consistency to your training

The Pew Charitable Trusts provided an $8.8 million grant to the National Center for Academic Transformation to create a method of verified course redesign. Partnering with 30 institutions nationwide, NCAT demonstrated  how colleges and universities can redesign their instructional approaches using information technology to achieve greater learning success and cost savings.

With this study, the National Center for Academic Transformation found:

  • Redesigned classes allowed for economies of scale and enhanced quality.
  • Consistent outcomes and assessments
  • Addressed multiple learning styles and increased student interaction
  • Increased access for increased audience participation
  • Improved retention and completion.
Click here to download the NCAT PDF on Course Redesign
Tags: Online Learning, Online Professional Development