Last updated: 09.12.16

Benefits of e-learning during the Christmas period

The Christmas break can provide you with the perfect time to make the most of online training courses from the comfort of your own home.

Christmas has arrived! The festive season is now in full swing as Christmas markets, fairy lights and decorated trees occupy our cities, and we get together with family and friends to indulge in our favourite treats. It’s that time of year again where we wind down and look forward to time off work to relax and celebrate.

Yet while Christmas is a time to enjoy, it is also provides a brilliant opportunity for those interested in e-learning. With a wide selection of training courses readily available online, learners can access courses in whatever subject area they are interested in, whenever they want. So, when you’ve finished your Christmas shopping or if you’re sick of eating and drinking everything in sight, why not find a quiet place to expand your knowledge?

Time away from education or work doesn’t mean that you have to stop learning. E-learning means that you can expand your skills as and when suits you. Here we take a look at some of the benefits of e-learning during the Christmas period.

On the ball

No matter what industry you work in, being up to date and on the ball with the latest developments and legislation is crucial, and what better time is there to do this than as the year comes to a close? Many companies and organisations will do a yearly review, so this time of year is usually a great chance to keep yourself updated in order to maintain safe and effective services.

If you’re in charge of a workforce, the Christmas period will also give you some time away from work to review how you train your staff and decide on what you should be considering in the New Year. You could also test any courses you are potentially interested in before you decide to take it company wide.

Cost efficient

E-learning can also be largely cost-efficient, especially if you’ve tried and tested the course and feel it will be relevant to your staff. When it comes to conventional learning systems like training days, businesses can incur significant costs in classroom rentals, trainer costs, employee commutation and documentation costs.

In addition to this, e-learning is also greener because the majority of the training courses are online and require no print outs. This also misses out spending on commuting.


During the hectic festive season it can be hard to know when you will be available, but when it comes to e-learning, this is never a problem. Online courses mean that you can learn at a time that suits you, when you are at peak productivity.

For those who want to spend longer on a course, e-learning is a great asset as there is no pressure to finish in a specific time frame. For global businesses and employees scattered across the world, a learning tool that is available 24/7 makes it possible for employers to offer staff training without a restraint on resource.

Fun learning

While learning with others can be enjoyable, online learning in the form of games can also be great fun and extremely beneficial by enhancing learner engagement and improving retention. Gamification is now increasingly being incorporated into online training sessions, to increase interactivity and personalise study materials.

From an employer's point of view, gamification means they can rely on online learning tools to match competencies with learning goals achieved by the employee. It has scientifically been proven that this type of learning is better than more conventional learning methods and, after all, Christmas is the time for fun and games.

With the number of millennials opting to learn in a way different to the traditional teaching ways, gamification becomes suitable and more appealing. The accessibility of e-learning also mean that millennials are able to choose the type of courses they are interested in - helping to shape their career.

So if you have some time off this December and are looking to enhance your skills, why not do so from the comfort of your own home? Virtual College is one of the leading providers of e-learning in the UK. We offer online learning resources and tools that help with training at each level.