E-LEARNING: A BRAVE NEW WORD
At a time when working from home has become an everyday reality for many companies, we have also come to appreciate people’s flexibility and ingenuity in the face of various obstacles. The same goes for e-learning: by seizing the opportunity to learn new skills online in all languages necessary, a company also promotes independence and self-motivation without wasting any (increasingly precious) resources or risking the safety of its employees. Read on for useful tips on a seamless transition to e-learning and get the most for yourself and your company.
A New Era: Here and Now
The world is changing, and those who are aware of it, those who accept it and adapt to it, will come out on top. It is often difficult to give up the old and accept the new and unknown. But success mainly comes to those who can quickly shift their operations to new platforms and optimise their business – preferably ahead of their competitors. This includes the increasingly vast opportunities of digitalising age-old job training processes through e-learning. Until recently, people expected (and some still do) that training in a new workplace would occur face to face, under the supervision of instructors, using tomes of reading materials, printouts or repetitive documents on work computers. But learning processes have seen rapid changes in recent years – not only in academics but in the work environment as well. This new, non-material era not only lets us use unique learning tools and digitalise materials that previously would have to be printed – but it also provides an environment for creating and using content in all languages spoken within a company. This is an especially convenient time to modernise your company’s training processes and take a new, better position in the business arena.
Take Care to Compare
More and more companies discover that online training is an interactive, creative way for employees to continue learning new skills in the environment and at the time that fits them best. However, to enjoy the best results with this learning format, you must first dig through mountains of available options and find the best solution for you and your employees. The main task, in this case, is to provide an accessible training platform with up-to-date training materials in the required formats and languages that corresponds to the number of employees you have, as well as to your company’s goals and budget. Sites such as Capterra and eLearningIndustry offer some great tools for you to easily review available e-learning platforms. They offer a multitude of different filters that help you find what you need without getting lost in a sea of options. They also allow you to easily compare specific platforms based on specific criteria. Careful research using comparison platforms will help you understand what solution is the best fit for you.
Major Choices, Minor Costs
Even though this article might be the first thing read about e-learning, the e-learning niche is already populated by multiple solid industry leaders. You can use the platforms mentioned above to compare their solutions. By browsing through ratings, reviews and summaries of various e-learning platforms, you will see that the options are truly vast, with more than 500 paid and free platforms currently available. Many of these solutions can be adapted to the needs of small, medium or large companies, with myriad features and opportunities – your choices are virtually unlimited: fast and easy course creation, online tests, scoring systems, and, most importantly, enjoyable interactive content made available either on-site or remotely with different devices. What’s more, this is not necessarily a costly pleasure. Training often tops the list of company expenses, whereas e-learning is a different game entirely: businesses do not need to spend money and resources on instructors, rooms, meals, transport, and printing each time. With e-learning, your only worry is making your training content as interactive, engaging, and accessible as possible to all addressees.
Form, Content and Language
As we already mentioned, you should always keep your company’s needs in mind while selecting an e-learning platform. For example, based on value for money, a small or medium company (with up to a few dozen employees) might benefit most from the TalentLMS platform. There are several other excellent e-learning solutions, of course, but at a higher price point – these are designed for a correspondingly larger number of learners. Some of the most frequently chosen platforms are iSpring Learn, Docebo, Litmos, and Matrix. Several free platforms available, such as Moodle, Canvas, and Schoology, but they have their drawbacks. Firstly, these platforms work better in the academic environment and have a less dynamic user experience. Secondly, to access more options on these platforms, you will still need to pay for additional plugins. Choosing a platform is only the first step in your journey, followed by the much more important task of creating content. To get the most out of digital learning materials, we recommend that you avoid simply “dumping” your existing materials into your platform. Making your materials available worldwide across different devices can be achieved by the simplest cloud storage solutions or even file transfers. That’s not what we e-learning is about. Our company has already transferred its training content to an e-learning platform, and we can safely say that you should devote time to preparing materials so that they fit the requirements of the e-learning environment. Nowadays, information can be packaged in the most diverse formats, including video, audio, presentations, or photos. Therefore, the training materials should be interactive, available in different formats, and brief enough to avoid going back to the same old tomes of text. Customizing text content for various users can take a lot of time, so you can entrust this task to a translation company to save time and resources. We will not only translate your content into the target languages but also adapt it for easy integration into your e-learning materials, such as presentations. Shortening text, making it more laconic, arranging clear, easy-to-read theses —all these are things we can do for you. If you use text and images, we can also combine them into engaging presentations. Whatever your needs are for preparing materials before they are placed in the e-learning environment, we can help you do it efficiently and professionally, saving you precious time and money in the long run.
The Bottom Line
It is quite difficult to describe the vast opportunities and benefits of e-learning in one sentence. In a nutshell, an e-learning solution means saving time, money, and resources, while enjoying the benefits of an innovative approach, interactivity, increased engagement, more creativity, and greater efficiency. Customize your learning options, step into the future, and reach new goals!