In the previous article, we saw how to implement a digital learning policy. Here, we are going to discuss the benefits of this policy. You will see that using digital learning has short, medium and long-term effects.
In digital learning, is it impossible to separate the technophile aspect (standardization of digital media) from the educational vision of providing greater flexibility in using of different teaching methods. Having access to a large number of different training tools in a single area using the same comfortable approach provides trainers with the ability to create blended learning systems with high added value. Digital technology brings interactivity to training. This is the case for on-site training, which is direct form of education, however, does not yet benefit from the development provided by e-learning. Until a few years ago, no trainer imagined him or herself capable of creating and providing interactive exercises to his or her learners. With e-learning, this has become a common task. So why not use this technology for on-site training? Break the ice, wake up learners after lunch or assess them at the end of a session. There are so many key moments during a day of training that can be optimized by digital technology.
Digital technology allows for more diverse teaching methods in terms of training systems and all levels of training resources. Knowing how to make use of all these possibilities certainly requires acculturation and, therefore, a real change management in training departments. The overall approach of digital learning provides more possibilities in accompanying training teams. It is easier to integrate e-learning resources with trainers who are already familiar with the possibilities provided by digital technology in the context of traditional training.
In the medium-term, the integration of a computerized solution that centralizes all digital training material will have wonderful benefits on the responsiveness of the training department. Like in other areas, the use of digital technology allows you to act much faster: create “faster”, update “faster”, find material or media “faster” and finally provide learners with training sessions “faster”. This acceleration helps learners and therefore enhances the company’s human capital and performance.
This responsiveness also allows you to reposition the training department in its rightful place, in other words, a job in line with the pace set by business challenges that the company faces.
More and more operational Business Units are recreating their own training solutions and therefore bypassing training departments. The only reason for this is differing timescales. The rate of today’s competitive and commercial market, which has been largely digitalized, is less and less in sync with the pace of training departments, who have not yet made the switch to digital technology. Digitizing training services is the ultimate weapon to reconnect training departments with business objectives and company strategies.
In the long-term, benefits become economical for training departments. Relying on information networks to create, manage and distribute training resources enables you to rationalize costs in several different ways.
- Democratizing the creation of training resources is a way to reduce costs. You can avoid external services providers and in-house specialists, who are often the only ones who know how to manage certain company tools. The more reachable the production chain, the more independent you become. As a result, you gain flexibility and reduce costs.
- Standardizing your IT solution guarantees the development of all of your resources. A single technology leads to a single solution and, therefore, larges savings concerning the development of your training tools and material.
- The last economic benefit comes of the “war chest” that you are going to create. By consolidating all of your training resources in one online space, giving them the opportunity to continuously combine and develop, you create a way of measuring your educational effectiveness.