Transform corporate learning through e-Learning tools

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. 

                                                                                                                         – Benjamin Franklin

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Nowadays e-learning has become like a charming toy that everyone wants to play with. It is not only easy but attractive and has a lot of benefits in its basket. E-Learning which is learning through the use of web, mobile, tablet or any other digital device is making headlines in the newly found digital world because of the following benefits-

  1. Self Paced– One of the most convenient characteristics of e-learning is that it’s self-paced and asynchronous. This means there is no set time for the learning to take place. Unlike traditional learning, where students must learn at a set time and pace of the instructor’s choosing, e-learning can happen at any time, at any speed.
  2. Interactive- Typically, the most engaging e-learning is interactive. Rather than being a passive experience, interactive e-learning requires learners to be intimately involved.
  3. Reach learners everywhere– No computers where your organization’s learners are? No Problem. Since these courses are digital-platform dependent and almost all of the digital devices are portable, these courses can be accessed from anywhere around the world.
  4. Adapt to the Speed of Business- Need to get your sales team up to speed on a new product quickly? with e-learning, you create a course once, often in a matter of hours, and share it instantly with thousands of users. 
  5. Empower People- E-Learning supports healthy global interaction with students participating from all over the world.
  6. Cut Costs and Scale– One of the biggest advantages of e-learning is that it costs less and is scalable, in fact, corporations save up to 50-70% when they replace instructor-led training with e-learning.
  7. Media Rich -The most effective e-learning captures a learner’s interest and attention, engaging them in a real way so that they actually digest the material. E-Learning is replete with rich media content like images, animation, video/audio and graphic motion, creating a multi-modal, immersive, and effective learning experience.
  8. Go Green – E-Learning can provide an eco-friendly alternative to classroom training. Cutting travel from the training equation not only lower costs, but it also helps reduce carbon emissions. E-Learning lets you analyze your level of understanding through ready-made digital tests, reducing theneed for tests in pen-paper mode.

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An e-learning system based on Cloud computing infrastructure is feasible and it can greatly improve the efficiency of investment and the power of management. This can make E-learning system achieve a win-win situation for suppliers as well as customers.

But wait did you hear Cloud Computing? I am sure you would be using social media, watching videos online, or listening to your favourite music. Ever thought from where such large amount of data comes? It is stored on a cloud. No, not the actual cloud, but a virtual space online that lets us access network services over the internet.

Because of the robust and complicated architecture used in cloud computing, many industries have shifted their focus from investing in a cloud to renting of processing power(cloud) to a specialized vendor.  

In 2012, the worldwide Mobile Learning market reached a market value of $5.3 billion. It is estimated that it will reach $12.2 billion by 2017 where the compound annual growth rate would be 18.2%. One can note that the top buyers of mobile learning products and services in 2012 were US, Japan, South Korea, China, and India. By 2017, it is projected that the top buyers of mobile learning products and services will be China, US, Indonesia, India, and Brazil.

There is a whole gamut of tools available in the market that let us create e-learning. For e-learning, you need an authoring tool, a hosting platform, and occasionally some other specialized applications to develop, publish and share your course.

An authoring tool is just what it sounds like: a tool you used to author or create your course. Authoring tools make it possible to develop rich multimedia interactions with text, images, animation, audio and video.

 

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