There are many industries today that require training for external learners. Franchises, manufacturing, technology and healthcare are just a few examples of those industries with an extensive network of learners located beyond the traditional enterprise walls. Effectively training external learners poses a great challenge, particularly for these industries given the sheer volume of learners that require training.
Traditional face-to-face training for external learners can be time consuming, expensive and an administrative conundrum. Beyond these obvious shortcomings, there are other pitfalls to consider with face-to-face training. Such as:
- Quite often training sessions are planned annually or semi-annually which often can offer an insufficient amount of training time. Additional training requests may be denied given demanding training schedules.
- Learners will not retain all of the information that they’ve received in a given training session. Reinforcement of training is essential for learning retention.
- Scheduled onsite training often fails to consider employee absences or conflicting schedules.
- Product and training information can change quite frequently, in fact, more than scheduled training sessions; therefore, not everyone receives up-to-date information.
Surely you’ll agree that these pitfalls provide credence for developing an eLearning strategy. There are many benefits to delivering eLearning to your external audience; such as improving the convenience of training, rapidly developing and delivering up-to-date training materials, and reducing training and delivery costs to name but a few. Your external learners can have access to training materials when and wherever they need it the most and as often as they’d like. Developing and implementing an eLearning strategy can provide much greater business value to you and to your network of external learnersso maybe you should consider it?
Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.
About the Author: Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry. An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.” When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband, Steve, and her Siamese cat, Elvis, and with family and friends.