How to adopt eLearning and training in your business

By Beatrice Thomas

The gradual shift to technology-based working solutions and need for employees to work remotely during the COVID pandemic has seen a rise in eLearning as a valuable training tool. But what is eLearning and how can your business benefit? 

What is eLearning and training?
eLearning is the term used to describe training, upskilling and personal/professional development taking place in the online space. 

Typically, eLearning is presented in a format similar to a PowerPoint presentation but with much more interactivity and the ability for the learner to self-pace and control the speed at which they progress through the courses. 

eLearning modules will often have assessments and reports connected to them which will show you the impacts and results generated by employees undertaking the modules. 

How can eLearning benefit my business?
An increase in remote work during the COVID pandemic has resulted in a sharp rise in technology-based working solutions. 

Having access to an eLearning library allows your business to continue to develop, support and train your employees at any time, on any topic, no matter where they are. 

In addition to the flexibility that eLearning provides your business, it can also save on labour costs through reducing the hours required for expensive in-person training – where some learners may leave the room without understanding the content. 

“The self-pacing available with eLearning helps to ensure that all learners can absorb the content at their own speed to get maximum value for their time,” says CCIWA Learning Designer Chris Nunn. 

What topics should I cover in eLearning courses?
eLearning has benefits in all areas of business and can be created on any topic. 

It’s a fantastic tool for ensuring business compliance across any number of areas such as safety, conduct, human resources, ethics, software usage, business policies and much more. 

When your employees complete an eLearning module you will automatically have evidence via reports of whether you’ve provided them with the skills needed to do their work efficiently, correctly and most importantly, safely. 

“This sort of evidence can be helpful in the event you need to demonstrate your business’s compliance to auditors or even for use in difficult performance management situations,” explains Nunn. 

How do I implement eLearning modules?
Implementing modules into your business can be as simple as browsing through our eLearning Library.

Find the topics you’d like your employees to learn more about and simply click through the steps to assign them. 

It’s far more simple than you’d think. Generally speaking, making the change from in-person training to eLearning does not require much from your business as all an employee needs is access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone. 

Everything else is taken care of for you, including the reports and a Learning Management System (LMS) that you have total control over, allowing you to view results, assign modules, generate reports and keep an eye on employee progress – all with a few clicks of the mouse. 

What about tailored eLearning options?
For some businesses a mix of pre-made eLearning and custom-made eLearning might be more suitable. 

For example, you can shift your business’ policies and procedures into eLearning and roll them out to the required employees, so you have digital evidence that they have read, understood and accepted the most important protocols in your business. 

Think about hiring a new employee; with eLearning you can simply send them a single eLearning link that will take them through the onboarding process, induction, your code of conduct and more – all before they even get to the office for their first day. 

“This saves time, labour and gives your new employee a view into the modern and forward-thinking practices of your business,” says Nunn. 

eLearning in different forms

eLearning exists in many different forms. In fact, some of the apps you use on your phone each day are based on eLearning principles. 

Ever used an app to learn a language, or followed an instructional cooking guide? These are forms of eLearning. 

Some of the best eLearning experiences are in bitesize pieces - concise, engaging and often as part of a series of smaller modules creating a larger course framework. 

They contain different forms of media, such as audio, video, text and interactive activities to keep the learner engaged.  

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CCIWA has approximately 75 modules available via eLearning for Teams with many more on the way.

We can also create custom eLearning modules for your business, with competitive pricing as well as Member discounts. 

View our eLearning Library here.

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