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Why the Best Software Training Comes from Blended Learning

Posted by Lisa White

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When investing in a new software solution, staff training is key to getting the best results from the system.  Most suppliers offer expert trainers who will train your employees at your business location.  Face-to-face training is valuable for your staff. They can fully engage in the training, question the trainer and get one-to-one support with any difficulties. However, it can be hard to organize, especially if you have more than one site. On-site training can be disruptive as you arrange for relevant staff, their backup coverage and make sure you have an appropriate training room available. It is not surprising that many companies are using a blended learning approach which supplements face-to-face learning with e-learning.

What is e-learning?

E-learning is short for ‘electronic-learning,’ and it means using a computer or mobile device to deliver all or part of a course, often over the internet. E-learning is also often referred to as online or web-based training. E-learning provides an innovative and convenient approach for businesses to train their employees.

What are the benefits of e-learning?

  • E-learning saves time: E-learning typically requires 40% - 60% less employee time than learning the same material in a traditional setting. E-learning enables you to focus on the elements of a program you need and not waste time on what you already know. E-learning materials can easily be refreshed or updated whenever needed.
  • E-learning saves money: It is cost effective regarding training fees, documentation, and time away from the office, travel expenses and accommodation. IBM claims it was able to deliver five times the training at just one-third the cost.
  • E-learning increases retention rates: E-learning increases retention rates 25% - 60% while retention rates of face-to-face training are very low.
  • E-learning is preferred: Learners want relevant, self-paced content when they need it. E-learning enables you to access course materials anytime from anywhere and at your own You continue to have access to online content and resources when the course is complete allowing you to brush up on what you learned.
  • E-learning can be tracked: Many companies are using Learning Management Systems to track training progress online. These systems give you the capability to track training milestones and evaluating who might need extra support. Learners can also track their own progress online.
  • E-learning is environmentally friendly: E-learning is paperless and requires little or no travel. E-learning helps companies deliver training in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • E-learning provides instant connectivity: Staff and trainers can easily connect regardless of where they are located. This gives valuable access to subject matter experts where ever they are in the world.
  • E-learning can be customized: E-learning is very effective when customized to suit the needs of the learner.

We believe that user training is a vital component in the successful implementation of our products. Our training consultants are experienced professionals, many of whom have worked in the distribution and wholesale industry. We can create an effective training program, which is designed and fine-tuned for you and your employees, and we recommend a blended approach; face-to-face sessions with our consultants supplemented with cost and time effective e-learning.

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