How Digital Learning is becoming the future of Education

The recent pandemic situation has shifted billions of learners out of their classrooms. As a result, this has triggered an interest in eLearning even more than before. Digital Learning has expanded rapidly because it is flexible, fast, and delivers exceptional results at a fraction of the classroom cost. The traditional academic education system has normalised, to an extent, Digital Learning by endorsing it in their system. Below are a few reasons as to why Digital Learning has taken off.

1. Flexibility

Digital Learning provides flexibility for users. Content can be delivered to teams and individuals on-demand to their preferred devices, anytime, anywhere. Self-paced and interactive access increases proficiency and allows learners to revisit information, re-take tests, and track their progress. 

Being flexible with education means a lot for learners. Learning at their own pace gives the learner the freedom and flexibility to set a schedule that fits their agenda, this will allow a better balance between work and studies. It also helps prompt vital time management skills. Being absent from classes will automatically be eliminated from the equation when studying online. Whilst some courses may require participation in online sessions, those same sessions are usually recorded for future reference.

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2. Accessibility

Online education enables the learner or trainer to access from anywhere. This means there’s no need to commute from one place to another. This not only allows you to save time but also save money, which can be used on other priorities. Another advantage is that you can study from anywhere with an internet connection, so if you are on a work trip or somewhere abroad, you can still access your online course and attend as usual. Digital learning also allows the users to view courses with multimedia resources such as videos, podcasts, eBooks, online articles and more.

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3. Engagement and productivity

eLearning boosts productivity. Self-paced eLearning courses use 40% to 60% less employee time compared to Instructor-led Training, which often takes people away from their jobs for hours or days and can require travel costs. This makes more time available for employees to be productive. Trainers can create forums and discussions for better engagement.

Other ways involve interactive courses that usually include videos, animation and multiple interactions. These have the learners interact with content and keep engagement going as it is believed that such visual and interactive media reinforces memory retention. 

Studies show that, for the same amount of time, eLearning participants learn up to five times more material than they would otherwise learn via traditional instruction. eLearning provides valuable metrics that management can use to test and improve training effectiveness. Also, learners and their managers can track individual progress and performance, which improves compliance.

2. More affordable

Digital learning tends to be more affordable, unlike face-to-face training. Being able to pay per lesson or in small instalments over time makes the life of the learner easier as it allows for better budget management. Removing the overhead needed to operate these classes, transportation costs and course materials are also eliminated from the equation. Usually, online courses take less time overall to get certified, whilst face-to-face training usually takes months or even years.

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eLearning courses offer distinctive benefits over traditional classrooms. 

Digital learning features in the future of education; if your company has considered using eLearning courses for your internal training, this is the most convenient time to start.

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Lisa Pullicino

Lisa Pullicino

Partner, PwC Malta

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