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April 1, 2022

Health eLearning: A Guide to Healthcare Online Training

The world has changed a lot in the last two years. Workers from all fields have been forced home. And it is now more important than ever to be able to hire and train employees remotely.

And this includes health fields.

(Although eLearning has been a flourishing industry, especially in healthcare, even before the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Health eLearning is a great way to keep employees up to date with the latest in healthcare training.

What is Health eLearning?

Health eLearning (or e Learning) describes a variety of online resources about aspects of the health industry. eLearning courses are often used as training for employees, whether voluntary or because the employee wants extra learning. These courses can be very beneficial for employees to get extra training in, on their own time, for however long they want.

Because of their online nature, employees may be able to check into their online courses whenever they have the time, rather than having to take a half-day (or longer) for in-person training.

They also won’t have to travel anywhere, even if it’s a synchronous learning course, which is an even bigger time commitment (and a financial one).

Simple, right?

There are a variety of eLearning and health eLearning resources, including

  • LMS vendors
  • Online training courses or modules
  • Webinars
  • Educational videos
  • Video conferences
  • Quizzes
  • … and the list goes on!

Who Can Use Health e Learning?

healthcare e learning

The primary target audience for health e Learning is those in the healthcare industry. Both new employees in need of mandatory training (or wanting to get ahead) or seasoned healthcare professionals looking to expand their knowledge and/or abilities can benefit from healthy e Learning.

Below is a table outlining different uses for eLearning and how it pertains to the healthcare industry.

eLearning Use

Description

Employee Training

Everyone has to do general, run-of-the-mill employee training, even healthcare workers, during onboarding and otherwise.

Retaining Employee Knowledge

If you’re in the healthcare industry, you want to make sure you’re on the ball. It’s important that you’re retaining everything you need to know. Loss of knowledge could lead to mistakes, which could lead to serious consequences for people’s health.

Compliance and Regulation Training

This type of training is mandatory in all fields but can be incredibly important in healthcare industries in particular, where there can be a lot of rules around compliance and regulations. Issues of confidentiality, protocols, bedside manner, etc. can all be part of compliance and regulation training for healthcare workers.

Pursuing More Education

Whether it’s for a promotion, a new position, or just because you want to become even more knowledgeable in your field, seeking more education can definitely be celebrated and encouraged in health fields.

Training on New Products/Information/Methods

New studies, new information, new products, new methods … new everything is always being discovered or invented in the healthcare industry and it’s important healthcare workers are keeping up on all the news so they can be sure they’re giving their best service to their patients, clients, and/or customers.

Benefits of Health eLearning

So now you know what Health eLearning is, but what benefits does it have? If you’re in the healthcare industry, why should you consider health eLearning?

There are many benefits associated with those being trained (the healthcare workers), and those doing the training (the organizations).

Benefits for the Healthcare Workers

There are many benefits of eLearning for healthcare workers. Some of those benefits include

  • Training whenever and wherever you go
  • A variation of different types of eLearning
  • Content can be interactive
  • Microlearning

Training Whenever and Wherever You Go

Really, the best part of health eLearning, for the ones being trained, is its convenience. Employees are inspired to try eLearning because they can work at their own pace (95%), and they don’t have to travel (84%).

Whether it’s a full training course, an educational video, or a webinar, you can be involved in health eLearning from anywhere, as long as you have access to an internet connection. And oftentimes, you can do them whenever it is convenient for you. Even webinars or video conferences can potentially be recorded and sent to you after the fact so you can review them on your own time.

This idea of learning convenience can be particularly valuable for healthcare workers who have demanding jobs where people’s lives may be on the line. It’s important you’re able to do your training when it’s best for you, in tidbits where you can absorb it best.

A Variation of Different Types of eLearning

As previously mentioned, eLearning exists in a variety of mediums. Training modules, educational videos, webinars just like previously, the list goes on. No matter how you learn best, there’s a type of eLearning for you.

Oftentimes, people absorb information best if it comes at them from a variety of mediums, as it allows the brain to store the information in more areas, so we can recall it better. This can make training courses or modules created using an LMS, like Tovuti, highly effective tools for eLearning. Courses made using LMSs can include videos, readings, tests, quizzes, diagrams, and really anything else you might find in a classroom.

Content Can Be Interactive

interactive health e learning

You can communicate with others doing the course directly or verbally in some webinar or video conference situations.  If you’re in a video conference over Zoom, you can unmute yourself (when appropriate), ask a question, or be put into breakout rooms to discuss what you’ve learned with peers.

Training courses or modules created with an LMS can include leaderboards, badges, tests, quizzes, videos … and the list goes on. These different aspects add opportunities for the healthcare workers being trained to interact directly with the material, even without an instructor, so they can absorb it, remember it, and use it when appropriate on the job.

Microlearning

Microlearning is exactly what it sounds like, learning in micro-sized chunks. Basically, it is education or training about one topic for a short period of time, which will hopefully result in higher knowledge retention. It’s popular in eLearning (the travel costs aren’t worth it in-person), with e-student.org believing it’ll become the most popular form of eLearning. 

There are many formats microlearning can take, including presentations, videos, and infographics.

If you use an eLearning platform that’s set up for it, it’s the perfect way to train healthcare workers, as employees typically need 24 minutes a week for training – but some healthcare professionals may have even less time than that due to having very demanding jobs.

Benefits for the Organizations

There are numerous benefits of eLearning for healthcare organizations. Some of those benefits include:

  • LMS platforms
  • Ability to train many people from all over
  • Cost efficiency
  • Employees may not need to take (as much) time away from work

LMS Platforms

When it comes to eLearning, LMS platforms are a great benefit. Aside from positively affecting the retention, engagement, and performance of employees, LMSs are also one of the only vehicles of eLearning that hits every benefit on this list. Its ability to deliver convenient, customized, and interactive training courses is almost unmatched by other eLearning services.

With the ability to create and manage courses that include readings, videos, tests, quizzes, leaderboards, badges, certificates, etc., LMSs provide platforms to create classroom-level learning activities for eLearning. 

If you want a taste of what an LMS can do for eLearning, check out Tovuti’s features.

Ability to Train Many People from All Over

Larger companies with more than one location can have all its workers from all locations take part in the same eLearning training, whether it’s a course, module, webinar, video conference … As long as all it takes is an internet connection (and the right login information or link) to access it, all healthcare workers from a company, no matter where they are, can take part in the training.

Not only can you train healthcare professionals from all over the world with eLearning, you can also bring in guest speakers or trainers from all over to speak to or train healthcare professionals with video conferences and webinars. 

Depending on the platform you use, there may be limitations on the number of people who can access it. For instance, Zoom has different limitations on people who can join a meeting for video conferences, depending on what plan you pay for. But you can always record the meeting and send it to everyone who needs it.

These types of limitations need to be considered when you’re choosing platforms to deliver your eLearning.

Cost Efficiency

eLearning is a cost-efficient way to train healthcare workers. Not all means of eLearning are free. But, whether or not you’re using a free or paid eLearning platform, you’ll save money in travel costs because you (or your employees) won’t have to. And your organization will save money because healthcare workers won’t have to take work time away from their job to do the training. Also, the training can be done whenever and wherever they go. Not to mention, having a regular training schedule can lead to a 218% higher revenue for each employee. 

Healthcare Workers May Not Need to Take (As Much) Time Away from Work

As mentioned above, with eLearning, your employees won’t need to take time away from their jobs to complete their training, at least not always. Healthcare workers can complete their courses when it’s convenient for them, and they can look after their patients when they’re at work.

Of course, not all training will offer this type of convenience for either the healthcare worker or the organization. It depends if it’s synchronous or asynchronous eLearning. Synchronous learning is in real-time, whereas asynchronous learning can be done on your own time. You’re much more likely to stumble across asynchronous training online than in-person. Online courses allow healthcare workers to get their learning done when it’s convenient for them and their organization.  

Because of asynchronous learning, it typically takes 40 to 60% less time to learn the material

Disadvantages of Health e Learning

disadvantages of health e learning

As you can see, there are many advantages to using health e Learning. However, there are some disadvantages to take into consideration, too. Not a lot, but some. 

And just like with the advantages, these disadvantages can be divided into disadvantages for healthcare workers and for organizations. 

Disadvantages for the Healthcare Workers

There aren’t many, but there are some disadvantages eLearning for healthcare workers. Some of those disadvantages include:

  • No in-person instructors
  • Unclear if more effective than in-person learning in healthcare
  • Healthcare workers can feel isolated

No In-Person Instructors

The most obvious disadvantage to health eLearning is that there is no instructor or trainer physically there with the healthcare workers doing the training. If any sort of hands-on training of a new skill is being taught, this is obviously a huge disadvantage. Even if this training is being done through a webinar or video conference workshop, there is a disadvantage to being taught and critiqued through a screen rather than by someone who is physically there to watch and correct you. 

Unclear If More Effective Than In-Person Training

A variety of studies have been done with some inconclusive results on whether health eLearning is more beneficial than in-person training (although some have been done saying it is more effective as well). But, if neither is more beneficial than the other, the best choice between the two is the one that works better for your organization and its healthcare workers. These results don’t take away from the advantages of eLearning, which still might be the right choice for you.

Feelings of Isolation

There may be less of a collaborative or group atmosphere in eLearning. If you are the kind of person that flourishes in group environments, you may find training in this way more difficult. However, there are lots of ways instructors can inject some of that collaborative feeling back into eLearning with tools like video conferences, virtual classrooms, chats, forums, or leaderboards. 

Disadvantages for the Organizations

There aren’t many, but there are some disadvantages of health eLearning for organizations. Some of those disadvantages include:

  • Can be difficult to adjust to new platforms
  • Taking the time to create/find new courses
  • Consistent costs
  • Taking the time to track employees

Difficulty in Adjusting to New Platforms

It’s not always easy to adjust to a new platform like healthcare workers and organizations will have to if they are going to introduce eLearning. There are two issues in particular that can make learning a new platform particularly difficult. 

  1. If the platform isn’t user-friendly
  2. If those who need to learn how to use the platform aren’t good with technology. 

Taking the Time to Create/Find New Courses

Although healthcare workers will be saving time, someone has to either create or find the training those workers will be partaking in. If you’re using an LMS to create your own courses, obviously, that will take longer than finding courses, training videos, online speakers, etc., for your employees, but both can be time-consuming. Of course, unless it’s compulsory training sent from a higher up, you’d have to spend time looking for trainers if it was in-person learning, too. 

 Consistent Costs

Although you will save money over time with eLearning, based on higher employee productivity as cited earlier, depending on the platforms you use for health e learning, you will have consistent costs. The best LMS platforms with the most features cost money. (You can contact Tovuti to learn more about its pricing.) Zoom has a free plan, but it’s very limited. You will have to pay (monthly or annually) for one of its plans to have access to more of its features, like more users being able to join video calls and video calls over 40 minutes. 

Taking the Time to Track Employees

Being involved in eLearning can be very, well, involved. After spending time making or finding courses, you’ll also want to be involved in tracking your employees’ progress and making sure the training is effective. LMSs typically make this easier by having tracking and analytics features. However, you’ll still have to take the time to look and help if employees are falling behind. 

The Pros and Cons of Health e Learning

Below the benefits and disadvantages of health e learning have been summarized in a Pros and Cons table.

For Pros Cons Employees Training whenever and wherever you go No in-person instructors Variation of different types of eLearning Unclear if more effective than in-person learning in healthcare Content can be interactive Healthcare workers can feel isolated Microlearning Organizations LMS platforms Can be difficult to adjust to new platforms Ability to train many people from all over Taking the time to create/find new courses Cost efficiency Consistent costs Employees may not need to take (as much) time away from work Taking the time to track employees

16 Criteria in Choosing Health eLearning Tools

health e learning selection criteria

If you’ve gone through the pros and the cons of health eLearning and realized the pros outweigh the cons, there are a few criteria you’ll want to consider when choosing which tools you want to use. The criteria will differ depending on whether you’re creating or curating health eLearning training. 

Creating Health eLearning Tools

The criteria for creating health eLearning tools are:

  1. Features: Make sure it has everything you need
  2. Usability: Make sure it’s easy to use on the administration and learner end
  3. Security: The healthcare industry can deal with some sensitive information, and you’ll want to make sure it’s protected
  4. Cost: You want to make sure you’re getting the right price for what you need and that it fits within budget
  5. Integrations: You’ll want to make sure your eLearning tool can integrate with other applications you have so data and information can be transferred seamlessly
  6. SCORM Compliance: SCORM compliance is the standard for eLearning like LMS courses that allows the communication between the content and LMS. 

There are other things to keep in mind if you’ll be creating your own eLearning courses, as well. 

For instance, the healthcare industry has a lot of compliance, rules, regulations, and laws to take into consideration. You’ll want to make sure you’ll be complying with all those requirements. You may want to speak to a healthcare industry professional in the field, a legal expert, or a lawyer. 

There may be issues and limitations around developing your own health eLearning courses, as well. Make sure you have all the information you need before you dedicate yourself to creating your own eLearning tools. 

Curating Health eLearning Tools

The criteria for curating health eLearning tools are similar to those in creating them. They are:

  1. Topic: Obviously you’ll want to make sure the tools are relevant to what you or your employees need training on
  2. Creator/Speaker: You’ll want to make sure the creator of the course or speaker at the video conference or webinar is qualified to teach the subject or an expert in the industry of some sort
  3. Quality: Make sure the tool is good quality. You’ll want to make sure learners get what they need out of it. If the tool or course should be accredited, make sure it is. 
  4. Usability: Make sure it’s an easy tool for learners to use
  5. Security: The healthcare industry can deal with some sensitive information, and you’ll want to make sure it’s protected
  6. Cost: There are free and paid-for tools, and you’ll want to make sure you’re watching the costs and keeping in mind what needs to be learned, the limitations of the tools, and your budget

6 eLearn for Health Online Resources

When it comes to eLearn for online health resources, there are sources for creating them and curating them. We’ve included three resources for both. 

Creating Health eLearning Tools

There are different types of eLearning platforms you can use to create tools for healthy e-Learning for your employees. 

LMS Vendors

LMS vendors like Tovuti make creating, managing, and delivering courses easy. You can track your employees’ progress, connect with virtual classrooms and meetings, and add many interactive elements to the course content itself. 

To learn more about using LMS vendors, check out Tovuti’s free demo.

Video Conferencing Technology

Video conferencing technology like Zoom or Microsoft Teams can be used to host webinars or video conferences. You can host them yourself, or you can hire a qualified speaker or instructor to train you or your employees on the subject. 

Technology like this is great to have a large group of healthcare workers from different locations be able to take in the same information at the same time, as a group, without having to travel anywhere. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Laws & Regulations

When it comes to ensuring you’re following laws and regulations for your courses, it doesn’t hurt to start with the United States’ laws and regulations. 

This might seem awfully official, but so is the healthcare industry. You’ll want to make sure your courses are complying with any laws, regulations, and other requirements necessary. 

And this isn’t the only place to look. It’s just a starting point. 

Curating Health eLearning Tools

There are many different resources you can use to find health eLearning tools, which may differ depending on where you are. However, some places to find tools and courses are listed below:

OpenWHO

Here you can find courses offered by the WHO (the World Health Organization), some of which include Recognizing and managing anaphylaxis, surgical site infections, and COVID-19 respiratory equipment. 

Different courses are offered in a variety of languages. 

Global Health Learning Center

USAID’s (United States Agency for International Development) Bureau for Global Health created the Global Health Learning Center in 2005. It offers a variety of courses and programs, some even offering certificates. Examples of courses include Nutrition: An Introduction, Postnatal Care, and Case Management of Childhood Illness.

CDC Learning Connection

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers a variety of courses, including continuing education and public health training websites. Some of the courses it offers are Stop TB, Understand CLIA Regulations, and Prevent Blood Clots.

Summary

medical e learning

When looking at health eLearning platforms and tools, you’ll want to make sure you’re considering the benefits and disadvantages of eLearning, plus decide whether you’re creating or curating your courses.

Resources helpful for creating health eLearning courses include:

  • LMS vendors
  • Video conferencing technology
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Laws & Regulations

Resources helpful for curating courses include:

  • OpenWHO
  • Global Health Learning Center
  • CDC Learning Connection 

If you are interested in creating your own courses, check out Tovuti’s demo

Author:
Tyson Chaplin

Tyson Chaplin earned his Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University in 2014. He also earned a graduate certificate in Technology Integration and holds teaching certificates in online teaching, special education, and history.

Tyson is an Idaho native who is passionate about technology and how it can help all people learn and better themselves. He has worked in both public and private sectors. Tyson enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife, Malia, and restores vintage video game systems in his free time.

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