What is e-learning?
Quite simply, e-learning is electronic learning, and typically this means using a computer to deliver the part, or all of a course whether it’s in a school, part of your mandatory business training or a full distance learning course.
In the early days it received a bad press, as many people thought bringing computers into the classroom would remove that human element that some learners need, but as time has progressed technology has developed, and now we embrace smartphones and tablets in the classroom and office, as well as using a wealth of interactive designs that makes distance learning not only engaging for the users but valuable as a lesson delivery medium.
Building partnerships with quality training providers, and combining this with a dedicated experienced technical team and support staff, Virtual College provides the perfect blended learning environment, offering anyone the chance to take their online training to the next level.
What are the benefits?
There are several benefits to e-learning whether you choose to use it on its own, or to enhance your existing in-house training. We’ve listed a few below, but for more information on how your business can save time and money you can call today and speak to one of our Ilkley based support team.
It’s cost effective and saves time:
By reducing the time taken away from the office, removing travel costs and doing away with printed materials, online learning helps you to save money and increase workplace productivity. It also means your staff will be happier and focussed.
Learning 24/7, anywhere:
Many faces to face courses only operates within normal office hours. By allowing staff to complete the course when and where they like you can make sure disruptions to your busy working schedule are minimized. This also means that your staff will be happier because they don’t need to travel to specific training centers, and if they have important work to catch up on mandatory training can be done outside of office hours in exchange for lieu time. Most of our courses have an average learning time, and our CPD approved courses allow learners to print out certificates of proof.
It makes tracking of course progress a breeze:
Perhaps the most important aspect of using computers for training is that it with a well implemented Learning Management System (LMS) makes it easy to track and prove progress for your staff and learners. This can be essential for our most popular courses where proof of mandatory training is required.
Not everybody feels comfortable learning in a large group, especially if they find something hard to understand that co-workers have no problem with. E-learning allows each individual to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks being set in place to ensure a thorough understanding throughout each module.
But a computer can’t do everything, can it?
It is vital that people are tested under strict exam conditions. For that reason, Alba Gray Institute works with industry professionals to ensure all of our online course materials are approved and available to help you prepare for that final qualification. We also have a division dedicated to the implementation of ‘blended learning’, which is to take use of e-learning alongside traditional face to face training to combine the benefits. We call this section of the business YP Training. Blended learning is the perfect approach where e-learning can teach the theory, but there is a need for practical training to ensure competency.