Put simply, e-learning is electronic learning, and typically means delivering all or part of a course digitally, whether it's in a school, part of your mandatory business training or a distance learning course.
In the early days of e-learning, some people were concerned that bringing computers into the classroom would remove the human element that many learners benefit from.
But technology has developed, and smartphones and tablets are now widely embraced in both the classroom and office. We also use a wealth of interactive designs that ensure distance learning is both an engaging and valuable lesson delivery medium.
By building partnerships with quality training providers, and combining this with a dedicated and experienced team, Virtual College provides the perfect blended learning environment. This means that everyone has the chance to take their online training to the next level, while fitting their learning in around their busy schedule.
E-learning programmes can take many different forms. Here are just a few examples:
There are many benefits to e-learning, whether you choose to use it on its own or to enhance your existing in-house training:
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 more focused, as you'll be showing you care about their personal development.
For more information on how your business can save time and money through e-learning, call us today to speak to one of our Ilkley-based support team.
By allowing staff to complete a course when and where they like, you can make sure disruptions to your busy working schedule are minimised.
Most of our courses have an average learning time, and our CPD-approved courses allow learners to print out certificates of achievement as an extra incentive.
With a well-implemented Learning Management System (LMS), it is easy to track and monitor progress for your staff and learners. This can be essential for our most popular courses, which are often undertaken so people have proof they have taken part in mandatory training when pursuing future opportunities.
Virtual College has developed its own tool to support our course content and learner tracking, called Enable. Find out more about our Learning Management System here or contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not everybody feels comfortable learning in a large group, but e-learning allows everyone to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks ensuring a thorough understanding throughout each module.
Nothing is perfect, and we understand that, in some cases, it is vital that people are tested under strict exam conditions. This is why Virtual College works with industry professionals to ensure all of our online course materials are approved and available to help you prepare for that final qualification.
For instance, in a manufacturing plant, e-learning can provide the theory aspect of a training exercise, but practical training is needed to ensure competency. This is an example of blended learning, which allows you to use e-learning alongside traditional face-to-face training to combine the benefits. We call this section of the business YP Training and we've even transferred it across to the apprenticeship sector.
You can find out more about all of the e-learning courses and different types of online training we have on offer here.