Dispelling the Myth that Classroom Training is the Best

Because many companies assume that eLearning is nothing more than sitting their new hires down to watch a few videos before they start their actual work, they instead design and run expensive in-class training. While this may have been true of eLearning even ten years ago, much research has gone into innovating the eLearning method to ensure that every learner that takes a course walks away with usable knowledge and skills to make them a more productive and successful employee.

Understanding ways that people learn best—video, aural, reading/writing, and kinesthetic—and designing training programs that incorporate all four learning styles ensures maximum comprehension and retention. This philosophy is the crux of Global eTraining’s programs and methodologies, and is one of the key reasons why our programs—and by extension, our learners—are so successful.

In-person training is the equivalent of a very long and expensive coffee break for employees. They must stop what they are doing so that they can sit in a classroom, drink coffee, and dream about the catered lunch break while they wait for the slowest person in the room to understand the concepts. There is generally little to no practical component, and rarely will these programs incorporate multiple learning styles into the learning environment; this means that only some of the learners will flourish while the rest will retain the information in the short-term. Long-term retention issues will mean that the employees that don’t respond to classroom training will require periodic training throughout their employment just to keep their skills sharp, costing the company additional time and resources.

Adults learn best when the topic is immediately applicable to their task; therefore, we need to shorten the time between completing the training and working on the task. The best way to do this is to allow the learner to initiate training during the task, exactly when they need it.

With Global eTraining, the employee doesn’t have to remove themselves from their work environment to learn; they simply open a tab in their browser, engage the expert-led digital knowledge library to find the information that they need right now, and then immediately return to their task to leverage their new knowledge in a practical situation.

Many of our clients design hybrid learning programs featuring Global eTraining courses augmented with short instructor-led sessions to share learning. Over time, most of these clients will shift to an entirely digital training program available to learners at their workstation, mobile device, or home, on demand 24-hours a day.

If you are ready to explore cost-effective training solutions that go beyond the classroom, contact us today.