Ever wish there was a spell you could cast – “Retentio!” (a.k.a. the Latin word for retention) – that would enable retailers, employees, students, or even your children (two legs or four) to retain all the information you’re trying to convey? Then let’s try one more for good measure…how about “Profectus!” (a.k.a profit.)
What if it were that easy? What if we told you that there is a simple solution for the hexing obstacle of knowledge retention?
The solution = eLearning.
What makes digital education so appealing? What are the benefits? As the author of hundreds of eLearnings, apps and Learning Management Systems, we’re here to tell you that it is, in fact, not wishful thinking.
Here are some spellbinding characteristics of eLearnings:
- Consistent: Do you remember the age-old game “Telephone” where one person whispers a message to the ear of the next person through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group? The end message is nothing like what the first person intended. This is what ILT (instructor-led training) is like. What the teacher implied is nothing like what the student comprehends, and it may vary year from year causing mixed statistics. If you want to maintain consistency and provide the same message to everyone, eLearning is the way to go!
- Convenient: According to Science Alert, at any given moment our brains are “processing around 50 tasks at once.” Take this number, times it by the number of minutes in the day, then by the number of employees you have. The Result? An over-processed workforce. We’ve all felt it, the struggle is real, managing our family, work, and social lives – only to be told we need to find the time to take courses in our spare time to progress in our careers. To keep up with this hyper-charged workforce, it’s important to provide easily accessible training. With eLearning, users can participate from anywhere at any time. The flexibility associated with eLearning is a tremendous asset to learners who need to set their own pace, especially those whose schedules wouldn’t otherwise allow it.
- Unbiased: eLearning accommodates multiple learning styles by including a bunch of different elements such as video, audio, quizzes, games, etc. These out-of-the-box resources help to clarify and expand subject matter, so the student is fully informed. Users can learn based on their own needs, which results in a higher long-term knowledge retention rate for users. Basically, employees will work more efficiently with a better understanding of what they’re doing and why. Isn’t that the dream?
- Eco-friendly: Feel an obligation to the environment? Digital learning reduces our carbon footprint. It takes away the need for endless amounts of paper notes and tests and eliminates the need for travel; reducing environmental damage. It also replaces heavily lit lecture halls with projectors and other electronics with just a computer/laptop; a more energy efficient option.
- Cheaper: From production to seat time eLearning takes up significantly fewer hours. A course that may have taken 30 minutes to sit though can be taken by a learner in under 5 minutes. Production time which may have once taken months can be accomplished in days. Time is money and eLearning can make training and education easier and less painful on everyone’s wallets.
Carpe Diem (a.k.a seize the day), we’re living in a digital age. Capitalize on the benefits of a Digital Education!
Science Alert. (2017, January 27). This is how many tasks your brain is processing right now [Blog post].
Retrieved from http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-worked-out-how-many-tasks-our-brains-are-processing-at-once