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To put it simply, eLearning is electronic learning, and it typically includes a combination of electronic media and educational technology. E-learning is computer based and makes use of multimedia sources such as text, audio, animations, images and so on. It is an intranet or an extranet web-based learning that combines information and communication systems on either a free standing or network based Learning Management System (LMS). E-Learning is synonymous with the use of ICT (information and communication technology) in education. Today, eLearning is used extensively in the education and the corporate worlds.
E-learning is anywhere learning! Classroom training sessions require face to face interaction, which usually takes place during working hours, hindering working schedules. With eLearning, you have the freedom to to take the course at the place and time of your choice, without affecting work schedules. E-learning is pocket friendly and saves time; it saves the money spent on printed material and classroom supplies,and the best part is that it is cheaper to develop and can be used frequently. British Telecom delivered e-business training to 23,000 employees in three months at a cost of £5.9m, compared to £17.8 million and a five-year time span for classroom training (Source: Taylor, 2002). So, you can see for yourself why eLearning should be an obvious choice for your training needs.
While there are many off the shelf ready-made courses available in the market,eLearning courses can be customized to your specifications. Many corporate bigwigs utilize this feature of eLearning to train their staff on specific subjects. customization helps in providing a better understanding of the processes and principles in an organization. You can opt for a customized eLearning course, when your training needs are unique and confidential. For instance, the procure to pay (P2P) process differs from organization to organization. In such cases, it is ideal to have a customized eLearning course.
Learning Management System (LMS)
Well, to begin online training in your organization, you need have a platform that hosts your eLearning courses. This platform is called a Learning Management System (LMS). You also need eLearning course authoring tools, which are used to create and publish digital courses. Tools such as Articulate storyline and Adobe Captivate are SCORM compliant and can be used to develop courses that are easy to upload on LMSs. To access an online learning course,a learner will need a computer or laptop with WLAN or intranet access to the LMS and your login details to take the course.
E-learning is a one-time investment, and once you have your course you can use it as many times as you want. You can save precious dollars by eliminating the need for repeated presence of the trainer. Building and delivering eLearning include activities such as conducting a training needs analysis, comprehending the content, developing an instructional strategy, identifying the best delivery method like LMS, assessing the extent of customization and so on. Based on the amount of work needed and our basic estimate on hourly basis, an eLearning course of 60 minutes costs about USD 3500. Below is the estimated breakup of the costs.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs. Learning Management Systems range from simple training/educational records management software to complex online course applications with features for online collaboration. Corporate training departments use LMSâ€™s to deliver online training, as well as automate record-keeping and employee registration.
An LMS is a one-stop-shop for all your training needs. It enables access to training catalogs, external resources and downloadable learner reports. Further, employee growth programs, career planning, wish-lists for courses as well as other features can be incorporated into an LMS. This allows the HR/OD staff to have clear training and development milestones. While computer-based training courses can be delivered to staff without an LMS, it isnâ€™t possible to track learner program, completion status or performance.