The Benefits of Remote Training and Examples of Online Delivery Methods

Designing Digitally

07/07/2020

The world is changing and the remote training industry is changing with it. The newest global pandemic was predicted to wreak havoc on the global economy. Luckily, this time around humanity has a failsafe that softened the blow and promises to help businesses recover faster: the internet. This incredibly complex, information-rich tool, is helping all of us who are stuck at home. While some of us needed to continue working from home, others chose to continue their education in spite of educational institutions closing down worldwide.

Remote training is growing exponentially. This is because we live in a time of transformation and growth: employers are investing in educating their workforce, and employees wish to expand their knowledge and skill base.

The Benefits of Remote Training

There are many advantages to transferring your workforce to a remote learning platform. Here are the five main benefits of remote training and what they can do for your employee and business growth:

Anytime Anywhere Learning

One of the benefits of a remote workforce is the ability to implement remote training solutions that best fit your organization’s needs. The best part about online learning is that employee learners can access the training platform from the device of their choosing, regardless of location. And in the current situation, most of us are spending a lot of time at home. Therefore, employees can choose to use their PCs, laptops, or mobile devices to access Anytime Anywhere Learning solutions.

Flexible Learning

The online learning delivery method you choose for your business can offer employees greater flexibility for creating their desired learning schedules. They can learn and work remotely whenever is the best time and can focus on other responsibilities during the remainder of their day. 

Work-life balance is getting a face-lift as well. To avoid blurring the lines too much, a well-thought-out training platform can mean the difference between failure and success.

Lower Costs

If there is one silver lining in this worldwide pandemic, it is this: overhead, travel, meals, trainer fees, and other miscellaneous costs have disappeared. Whether you choose off-the-rack or bespoke, there is a remote training platform out there that fits right with your business needs and goals.

Just-in-Time and At-Your-Own-Pace

When all the information is at your fingertips, all you need to do is search for the information you need, and presto! You get the missing puzzle piece you need to round out your education. Just-in-time online training does just that. It offers employees the chance to find the exact answer they need to solve a problem pertinent to their job role. At-your-own-pace learning implies mixing anytime anywhere, flexible training hours, and perhaps even personalized learning into one. Employees can customize their learning curve based on the schedule they create for themselves.

Personalized Learning Paths

Personalized learning experiences empower employees to take their education evolution into their own hands. When the subject matter hits close to home, learners are more likely to retain, use, and pass on valuable job-related information.

Ways of Delivering Online Training to Employees

There are many different approaches that can be used with online training. Some of the most effective remote learning solutions include: 

Custom Mobile Learning

Mobile-based remote training blends together just-in-time, anytime anywhere, and at-your-own-pace learning. The handheld devices we have at our disposal are perhaps our most powerful tool for information, continuing education, and growth. Make sure your platform is easily accessed from mobile devices to make sure you're reaching a wide range of your staff members.

Case Study: Wyndham Management Onboarding Performance Readiness

Simulations and VR

Although Simulations and VR are relatively new to the field of online education, they are gaining traction fast. Simulations are often used to safely present scenarios that, in real life, are quite dangerous. Virtual Reality creates high engagement and completely immerses the learner into the experience. Either one is a strong training delivery option, and it does not have to be costly.

Case Study: Ping Golf Club Fitting Product Learning Simulation

eLearning

eLearning is similar to mobile learning, in that it only requires a good internet connection and a medium-quality PC, laptop, or mobile device. Employee learners can usually access training courses, extra resources, and discussion groups by means of a Learning Management System (LMS).

Case Study: NCMS Drug & Alcohol Awareness

Serious Games

Serious games follow a standard game structure along with added training value. They are fun and interactive, yet align with the specific learning objectives that need to be achieved.  With this game-based learning approach, employees are able to enjoy the training experience while also absorbing the needed information and testing their mastery.

Case Study: Checkers Sandwich Master Simulated Serious Game

Learning Management Systems

It is highly likely that if you’re engaging your employees in remote training, that you're doing it through an LMS. A Learning Management System is often a bespoke online learning solution created for your business by an eLearning developer. The biggest advantage of using an LMS is the ability to collect data. You'll clearly see when your employees are succeeding or failing, what works and what doesn't work with your training program, and when to expedite solutions to improve the learning experience.

Case Study: Loomis Learning Management System

Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Synchronous learning (SL) means at the same time, and asynchronous learning (AL) not occurring at the same time. All forms of online learning can have learning content delivered synchronously or asynchronously, or both. Synchronous learners will meet through an online platform at the same time and date and will most likely have a trainer to lead the class. Asynchronous learners are more independent and do not need to show up for online classes. The style you choose highly depends on your workforce and how proficient they are with using online remote training tools.

Case Study: Mobilizer- Sales Training

Conclusion

The best online delivery method is the one that works for your business and your employees. The benefits of remote training are clear and online learning is becoming indispensable for many organizations as we transition through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Learn more about transitioning your workforce to remote training by downloading our eBook today! And feel free to contact us for a free quote or consultation as our eLearning professionals can help guide you on the path best suited for your business.

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