What are the Benefits of Virtual Learning?
- Personalised - you interact with the computer at your own pace, you can go back over sections you don't understand and therefore retain far more of the learning.
- Cost Effective - no more money spent on getting to a classroom that may be on the other side of the city.
- Saves Time - you can learn when it suits you and as there are fewer interruptions, you learn faster and therefore get your qualifications sooner.
- Available Immediately - no more waiting for classes to start or for a class to have enough people before it will run.
- Convenient - it is there when you feel you would like to learn, no more waiting for the College to open.
- Consistent Quality - the e-learning products are high quality, used by thousands of people so you know you are getting the same learning experience as everyone else.
Why do companies use Virtual Learning?
Many large companies now use virtual learning as the primary method of training and informing staff and distribution chains for some of the following reasons:
- Lower delivery costs - bringing large numbers of staff and distributors together physically is more expensive that commissioning high quality virtual learning.
- Faster roll out - all participants get the information at the same time which means there is no productivity 'lag' while some teams wait for the training to take place.
- Maintaining Intellectual Capital - the value of intellectual capital declines over time due to legislative and technological changes, staff turnover and a more complex business environment so virtual learning can be used to maintain the skills and knowledge needed for the business to succeed.
Which companies have benefitted from using Virtual Learning?
- McDonalds indicated that they reduced training costs by 50% by switching to e-learning (Epic White Paper).
- British Airways' 'Aviation Medicine' e-learning programme reduced training costs by £1.5m over three years (Epic White Paper).
- The Cabinet Office used e-learning for training on 'Protecting Information' which generated an estimated £20m in cost savings across Government in 2010. (Epic White Paper).
- BT achieved an estimated £8m in efficiency savings in employee time and travel using e-learning for the Dare2Share project.
Virtual Learning is not only being used in business, more formal educational establishments such as schools, colleges and universities are using virtual learning as part of their blended approach to teaching. In higher education especially, the increasing tendency is to create a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in which all aspects of a course are handled through a standard user interface.
A growing number of online-only colleges and providers like Jasper, have begun to offer a select set of certificate programmes via the Internet across a range of levels and in a wide range of disciplines. While some college programmes still require students to attend a limited number of campus classes or orientations, many like the Jasper International Academy are delivered completely online bringing the benefits of virtual learning directly to students and companies.