Posted: May 30, 2017
By: Chris Thompson
The Rise of Virtual Corporate Learning
Is your employee learning and development keeping up with current trends? More than ever before, organizations of all sizes are turning to technology to augment their corporate learning strategies. For many L&D professionals, the realization that traditional classroom training is not enough has become all too real. Gone are the days that we can expect to lecture at our employees and expect action and compliance. Instead, corporate learners should be perceived as partners in the teaching and learning process, and their needs should be at the forefront of our planning. So, how can we use technology-enabled learning to benefit both our learners and organizations?
Meet them where they are
In most cases, we are surrounded by technology in our day-to-day work, so why not leverage this access to deliver workplace learning? Whether you are using a corporate learning management system or accessing external partnerships, virtual training can meet and exceed our employees’ expectations about technology use in the workplace, while simultaneously building on their technical expertise.
Save time, space, and money
Gathering your employees together for traditional, face-to-face training can be a challenge. From finding the appropriate venue to arranging a time for everyone to be away from their work, there are definite costs associated with in-class learning. Virtual training, on the other hand, allows your team to access training at times that are convenient for them, providing an added sense of control over the learning.
The right content in the right location
Many organizations have found that a balance between traditional and virtual learning is best. Blended learning provides organizations with an opportunity to match the topic with the most appropriate delivery method. In fact, by using technology to deliver foundational, technical, or asynchronous content, you free up your valuable face-to-face time to apply that knowledge in real time. This is especially ideal for engaging your employees in learning activities that develop transferable employability skills, including leadership, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.
These are just a few ways that e-learning technologies can help to strengthen your approach to corporate learning.
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