When we talk about e-learning, we quickly associate the concept to distance learning through the use of technology. Be they big or medium-size, national or international companies, be they educational institutions or public or private organisms, everybody can expand their educational and training beyond their geographical limitations, saving costs and time by using the internet as a form of means.
Furthermore, we also refer to the possibility of strengthening that ‘decentralization’ and reach by referring to the timetable range that having the study materials at one’s disposal generates and to the fact that the learners are given the option to choose the most convenient time for studying or training for them. The multiplicity of devices at hand today, which provides easy access to this kind of educational tools, adds to those advantages. From a PC, a laptop, a tablet, a mobile phone; on the train, in the mountains, at the office or in a waiting room. We have discussed this topic in our previous article ‘From E-Learning to M-Learning’.
In summary, e-learning removes distances, makes times flexible, lowers costs, knocks down frontiers when learning and has become an unavoidable tool for growth and evolution.
However, for companies, the benefits of this modality go further beyond, becoming the best way of transferring KNOW-HOW As an example, when we talk about Banking we are referring to maintaining a standard for the ultimate creation and updating Bank Security programs, Counterfeit Detection, Investment Instruments, in addition to others.
Using virtual simulators In MEDICINE schools, we can recreate real-time emergency response situations and evaluate student’s speed and responsiveness reaction. Concerning to stress management and the monitoring of developing skills for specific techniques.
In addition, AERONAUTICAL COMPANIES can also use the visual simulator to make for more efficient training for flight operators, Navy, and the military. Finally, the industry of RETAIL can also benefit using the “Know how” standard protocols. To develop the best algorithms to use in specific interactions with the customers.
When we talk about e-learning we talk about a system (Learning Management System – LMS) which consists of a support platform that basically allows us to store and update knowledge and transfer the wealth of experience and acquired expertise, which is where the real value of a company lays.
On the other hand, whichever the institution, through the platforms the administration of contents and information is carried out by obtaining valuable data, producing statistics and references in relation to the learning or training of our employees or students. Without it, there wouldn’t be much difference between the now old studying system via mail and this new option.
There are ‘open source’ platforms like Moodle or Blackboard, which by having predetermined templates lower their production costs without compromising their quality or functionality. As a matter of fact, these and others are the base of the LMS that are used at universities, institutes or companies within the most prestigious in the world.
The focal point of its importance is how they are customized in accordance to the client’s needs. From personalization to layout, in order to get the look and feel that matched the institutional image, to the development of the contents conforming to the brief of the client.
Through the platform, the company or institution will be able to obtain information on the amount of enrolled students, which ones have finished their courses, or what the learners’ concerns are . They may choose to hand out online certificates or not, depending on their interest, they may launch motivational programs through the collection of points or other strategies to classify for promotions or prizes, they may open and close courses, conferences, forums, setting opening and closing dates or keep them open unlimitedly. They may also offer a 24/7 -or time restricted- help desk service; create one-to-one chat rooms with the teachers or trainers, timed or untimed exams, simulations, libraries and video libraries.
The options are as wide for the institution as they are for the learners, which add to the aforementioned advantages in geographical and scheduling range (among others), exchanging information via chat with their mates, growing richer through other people’s experiences, and the easy access to the information organized in libraries and video libraries, and to discussion forums and to direct or emailed inquiries. Customization allows us to create a tailor-made design which transforms e-learning into a very valuable tool for both parts of the learning process: the company or institution, on one hand, because of the storage availability and updating and distribution of the information; and the student, on the other hand, because of the accessibility, interaction, and flexibility offered.
Many companies ask us what the difference between, e-learning courses offered online (be it free or priced) and that offered by the company’s’ platforms or LMS. The answer is, Besides content (they don’t provide business values), because they are open courses, they do not provide valuable information, they do not leave a trace of the evolution of the employee or learner, nor do they motivate interaction with colleagues in the same company, they do not convey its values, and, therefore they do not add to the transferring of KNOW-HOW, one of the most important contributions that these new training and learning technologies make.
DLL is a company which provides design and development of e-learning content and platforms for companies / teaching organizations / public or private institutions, combining the expertise of professionals in technology and pedagogy, offering comprehensive solutions.