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e-Learning with eCBIL™: Yes we Can!
Many of our clients are surprised to learn that CBIL has the expertise to develop and host e-learning solutions. Using the Internet to deliver learning programs directly to the desktop, eCBIL™ delivers the right training to the right person at the right time and it can measure that learning.
What We’ve Learned About E-Learning
E-learning has evolved over the last ten or so years. Here are a few things we’ve learned along the way.
Online learning programs must be:
- Just Enough: An online program can’t hold an employee’s attention for very long. E-learning programs must be short (about 20 minutes) and targeted to a learner’s needs. Estimates suggest that almost 70% of learners do not complete online training, so there is just a small window of time to make an impact.
- Just in Time: Employees should be able to immediately apply what they have learned back on their jobs. Too much of a delay and the “learning” is lost.
- Relevant: Training must make the connection between the skills/knowledge in the program and how it can be applied on the job. We can’t expect that learners will always make this connection themselves.
- Engaging: Employees must be involved in the learning process. Boring “page turners” typically are not effective. Learners need to “do something” to keep engaged. Integrate lots of decision-making scenarios like those they will encounter on the job. An element of risk is important.
- Measurable: Clients can track participants’ results on pre- and post-course knowledge checks to measure transfer of training.
- Value-Added: No travel costs, lost productivity due to travel, and no instructor costs.
- Flexible: eLearning programs can be part of a blended learning strategy to further enhance learning.
How Much Does E-Learning Cost? Well…
…it depends. The investment a company will make for a single online program can fluctuate based on the elements that will be integrated into the program, such as:
- Audio narration – Will a company employee or a professional narrator supply the voice?
- Video / Custom Photos – Will it require a new photo shoot?
- Graphics / Animations – Will they be developed from scratch? How complex are they?
- Level of Interactivity – Will it involve simple quiz questions or complex simulations with branching?
Other things that affect cost include:
- Length of course – Are there multiple modules?
- Experience of designers and developers
- Whether content currently exists or must be developed from scratch
- How course results will be captured – Excel, Learning Management System, other database
To explore how e-learning could save you time and money, call today!