The biggest advantage of eLearning is the ability to deliver customized learning tools and plans for different people and different learning abilities. In the digital classroom, each person learns at his or her own pace. One group can work on a more advanced level than another group, or get more specialized training needed for specific jobs. Another person might move quickly through the lesson plan because it’s closer to his skill set, while others can move along at a slower pace.
Salman Khan of Khan Academy talks about the efficacy of the competency based model: “I’m going to learn at my own pace, show you that I know something, and then we’re going to move on. And I’ll retain that knowledge state as well.”
A smarter use of time
eLearners have 24/7 access to instructors, classes and training, compared to the time constraints of live, in-person training. eLearning time is generally shorter than time spent in the classroom by up to 25-60% (Brandon Hall, 2001 and Rosenberg 2001) as it eliminates a number of elements: instructor welcome, introductions, classroom set up, breaks, etc.
A smarter use of space
Today’s learners are mobile, and may be spread across a larger geographical area. With eLearning, they don’t have to go anywhere (you incur zero transportation costs) or spend time in conference rooms (you don’t need meeting spaces, break rooms, etc.) Keep in mind that a well-constructed eLearning program provides access to study plans on computers, tablets and smartphones.
A smarter way to share
eLearners benefit from shared information that has been generated and curated by a group of knowledgeable people, whether in a single organization or across an industry. Apps and software can quickly convert shared data into images and graphs, helping learners to better grasp the information.