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The Future of eLearning

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

E-learning is here to stay, and we don't say that simply because we're an interested party. We can see the writing on the wall. As computer ownership expands worldwide, eLearning becomes increasingly viable and accessible. Also, consider internet access and speed. Internet connection speeds are increasing. Individuals all over the world are getting connected and with that, opportunities for more multimedia training methods arise.

Did you know that 54% of companies surveyed in 2020 reported experiencing a talent shortage? Staying on top of an ever-evolving field can mean the difference between success and failure. With skills for jobs shifting constantly, employees need to be cross-trained and reskilling on an ongoing basis. And yet, the systems we use to train those employees also need to be constantly evolving. When administrators and managers don’t upgrade their tech and training strategies to match eLearning trends, no one benefits. An especially egregious situation considering technology has created whole new ways of training and developing your people.

Just consider for a moment the huge improvements in mobile network technology. Just in the past few years alone, mobile speeds have risen exponentially. And with the increase in remote workers, people can now access eLearning tools on the road using their smartphones and other portable devices. Technologies such as social media also have transformative effects on education. And yet, when it comes to eLearning, the biggest change comes in both hardware and methodology.

Just take virtual reality (VR) training as one example. Virtual reality training has the power to change the way corporate learning and development get done. Our working and learning environments have changed. We've gone from an increasingly remote-based workforce thanks to the challenges faced by the long-term impact of Covid-19. Today, in a remote work environment, having a strong and reliable workforce has never been more important. Cloud-based VR training may be just what your company needs to innovate in the learning and development space.

Individuals retain skills much better when they learn through VR. They are more likely to have high production rates and stay with the company longer. Research supports the effectiveness of VR training. A recent report by PWC found that learners trained four times faster when using VR and were 3.75 times more emotionally connected to content than if they were in person in a classroom setting. Furthermore, the survey found that learners felt 275% more confident when applying skills learned after VR training and were four times more focused than their peers.

VR is also attractive because it allows trainers to replicate dangerous environments without danger. When employees have a safe space to learn the right skills, they perform better and are more motivated. VR training has been used heavily in the aerospace, oil & gas, construction, and renewable energy sectors. Trainers use VR to simulate potentially fatal scenarios without compromising safety. It's time to learn more about how VR training can benefit your operation.

Video and animation have also changed the eLearning sector. It has been obvious for quite some time that people learn better through showing, as opposed to telling. And that's why video and animation training has had such a huge surge in the past few years. Video and animated training segments can be created in a crisp, professional manner. A Stanford study looked at how animated faces performed in training scenarios when compared to still pictures. Their findings? That animated training material was far more effective. Learners were better able to retain the information provided to them and speak it back to their trainers.

Video and animation have revolutionized training.

Are you ready to try this innovative training methodology? It's time to embrace new ways of upskilling your people. It's time to embrace eLearning.

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