eLearning: the way of the future

Published on
October 1, 2013

Digital technology has revolutionised the way we work and socialise, and now it’s also changing the way we learn.

In 1995 only 4 per cent of US companies were using online learning as part of their training and development strategy. However by 2011, 77 per cent of companies had realised the benefits of online learning for both business and employees.1

In difficult economic times, organisations are seeking ways to increase efficiencies and reduce costs, while also retaining and developing staff. eLearning ticks all the boxes – offering an economic solution to business, while also enhancing employees’ skills and keeping them engaged.

eLearning provides staff with the flexibility to undertake professional development at a time and location that suits them. Employees can update their professional skills at their desk in bite-sized chunks, even during their lunch break if they choose. Typically, eLearning comes in instalments rather than in one longer session, and participants can even review a session if they want to consolidate learning before moving onto the next module.

For business, eLearning allows organisations to bring together employees from different geographic locations in a virtual learning community – saving time, money, and reducing the operational impact of lost productivity.

This functionality, convenience, and ease of use makes eLearning a valuable component of any organisational training program.

The latest research also indicates learners are increasingly using their smart devices to learn on-the-go.

Approximately 76 per cent of Australians own a mobile phone and 38 per cent own a tablet, so it makes sense users would want to access training materials through these platforms.2

We operate in an ‘information now’ era, and eLearning provides quick access to important materials and just-in-time training to ensure employees have the skills they need to go about their work.

Rowland’s online training programs are an ideal way to increase your knowledge and skills at a time that is convenient for you. There is the flexibility to choose between full online delivery and blended learning – combining webinars with face-to-face coaching sessions.

Refresh your media or presentation skills before your next pitch or interview, learn new techniques for dealing with difficult situations, or refine your writing skills. The training you need to stay ahead in the workplace is now as close as your keyboard.

For more information about Rowland’s Training and Development practice, including e-Learning programs, please contact Helen Besly, Managing Director on 07 3229 4499 or helen.besly@rowland.com.au

1 Shift eLearning, November 2012
2 Australia Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, September 2012