Distance Learning has revolutionized the way we train and educate. According to a report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., Global E-Learning is expected to reach $107 billion by 2015. The reasons for this are advancements in technology, as well as, corporations recognizing the need to expand employee training opportunities. But what makes this method so appealing?
- Convenience: E-Learning offers students the flexibility and convenience of training at any time, location and on almost any device. Students no longer have to try to fit a course into their already burdened schedules. Education is now mobile with 24/7 access.
- Relevant: Adult learners have already experienced a variety of education. They want training and education that is relevant to their personal or professional development. In a report published by the Johns Hopkins School of Education, 83 percent of adult learners cited the need to transition successfully from change as a reason for seeking education. Whether a job change or a life change, distance learning provides relevant training and education opportunities.
- Higher retention rates: According to the report: Corporate E-Learning: exploring a new frontier by W.R. Hambrecht and Co., e-learning has a 60% faster learning curve, compared to instructor-led training. The reason for this is that e-learning allows more room for individual learning styles. Students learn at their own pace and can review course material as often as needed, giving students more control over their learning process. This helps students better understand the material, thereby enhancing the retention rate.
- Cost Effective: Not only does distance learning make life-long learning possible, but it removes barriers that would normally prevent some students from seeking education or training. Technology has made distance learning more convenient and more accessible. The higher retention of the course material alone puts a higher value on every dollar spent.
- Environmentally friendly: Key findings in a study conducted by Britain’s Open University found that distance learning courses consumed 90 percent less energy than conventional courses taught in a classroom setting. The study also showed a decrease of 85 percent in CO2 emissions. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, try distance learning.