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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The impact of e-learning in the workplace

"E-learning is one of the most important services powered by the internet. It has the potential to transform how and when employees learn and integrates a learning culture with the work environment." continues Times of Malta.

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E-learning is not only about training and instruction but also about learning that is tailored to an individual. It brings together different fields such as online training, web-based training and technology driven instruction. Computers, tablets and smartphones facilitate and enhance the approach towards e-learning.

Today’s workplace is defined by a new employer-employee relationship. The employer provides the tools such as e-learning whereas employees have to manage and develop their skills and employability and ultimately are responsible for maintaining the value they add to the company.

E-learning can motivate employees to invest more time and energy in workplace learning. The key is that the alternative and flexible learning environments allowed by technology can reduce the obstacles and practical difficulties of scheduling learning activities around work schedules. The result is a more personal commitment and control over learning.

Research suggests that there is no significant difference in educational outcome between e-learning and traditional learning. This means that goals can be achieved irrespective of the training methodology. However, e-learning offers significant economic and social advantages over the traditional classroom approach. Skillsoft notes how organisations with strong learning cultures outperform their peers with 46 per cent more likely to be first to market, 37 per cent have greater employee productivity, and 58 per cent are more prepared to meet future demands.

Source: Times of Malta