Read below, a summary on Jessica Brack's white paper discussing the potential of on-demand learning.
Unlocking the Potential of On-Demand Learning in the Workplace
Employees and employers face the same dilemma these days when it comes to keeping skills sharp; neither has the time nor the money to spend on long-term learning and development opportunities.
“It’s a real challenge,” notes Jessica Brack, managing director for UNC’s Executive Development program. “There is a direct, positive link between providing meaningful learning and development opportunities to employees and job satisfaction--when you train employees, job satisfaction increases, as does employee retention. With budgets being so tight these days, training is too often the first place employers look to cut.”
“On-demand e-learning may be the answer to meeting tight budgets while still offering employees the training and development they need and desire,” reports Brack. Today’s e-learning takes advantage of technological advances to allow all participants to interact and collaborate with each other without the costs (like time, travel and accommodation expenses, etc.) associated with traditional classroom-style instruction. E-learning can save employees valuable time by eliminating travel time and offers much-needed flexibility because it can happen at any time and anywhere.
E-learning has rapidly evolved over the past decade, growing from a traditional, transfer-of-learning approach to include new technologies such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis and other social interaction tools that allow participants to engage with each other and their instructors.