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August 12, 2022

Top 10  Benefits of Remote Learning for Employee Training

Top 10  Benefits of Remote Learning for Employee Training

Employee training can be difficult and costly. Making sure policies are properly shared and understood, coordinating and scheduling employee participation days , finding a qualified trainer to teach the required materials…the list of challenges goes on.

For many companies, remote training presents an easier and more effective path to employee learning. With tools like Learning Management Systems (LMS), policy training can  be seamlessly created and uploaded. Employees will be able to schedule time to train and managers can easily track completion rates.

Those are just a few of the benefits. Keep reading, to see the top 10 benefits of remote learning for training.

But first, what is remote learning?

Introduction to Remote Learning

Remote learning, also referred to as “virtual” or online learning, is when the trainer and the students are in different locations from one another.The trainer often teaches through videoconferencing, but remote training can also include asynchronous learning, which is online courses or modules that trainers create, but that learners complete independently, rather than under the tutelage  of a classroom teacher.. 

This style of eLearning has been around for decades, but it really became popular, or many would argue it became essential, during the COVID-19 pandemic as schools and businesses struggled to adapt during lockdowns and closures.

Common Aspects of Remote Learning

Aspect of Remote Learning

Description

Modules Shorter modules can be used individually or combined to create a larger course. Modules allow employees to get a small dose of training without a large time commitment.
Videos Whether online or in the classroom, videos are a popular and effective learning tool. Great for onboarding, continuing education and/or conveying instructional materials.
Pictures, Graphics, Diagrams Pictures, graphics, and diagrams are effective at visually reinforcing a point, feeling, or process. This can enhance the experience for employees, especially for visual learners.
Gamification Gamification can be an essential tool for learners to increase interactions, engagement,and remembering content included in a remote learning course.
Trainer Interaction Available through scheduled meetings, video conferences, virtual classrooms, discussion boards, etc. Or communicating outside of the classroom via email, phone, etc.

Benefits of Remote Learning for Employee Training

Now that you’re armed with a bit of background, let’s dive into the advantages of using  remote learning to train employees. Here are the Top 10 benefits:

1. Time and Cost Savings

One of the pros of remote learning is the time and money saved by the employee doing the training.

Time and money are saved due to things like no travel costs and an allowance for more independent learning.

Studies also suggest that eLearning has the potential to reduce training time by  40-60%.

Online learning also allows employees to absorb more information 25-60% faster when compared to in-person training. 

2. Convenience

Online learning can often be done anywhere, as long as you have a phone or laptop and an internet connection. 

Rather than taking a day off productivity to partake in training, learners can fit it into their own schedule. Maybe first thing in the morning on their phone while their computer completes an update, or for fifteen minutes before lunch because they finished their report a bit early. There are many opportunities throughout the day where an employee could throw in some training without breaking the flow of their work.

3. Standardization

With online learning, all workers in various fields and at various locations can partake in the same training. Managers can track what a user has been trained on through back-end access to the courses.

Standardization can also be achieved by understanding how well learners did in a course.For example, if there’s a quiz, learners may not be allowed to advance to the next section until they’ve achieved a particular score on the quiz.

4. Automation

Due dates, notifications, analytics, and more can be automated in remote learning, particularly when using an LMS. This is a benefit for managers in that it allows them to “set it and forget it” when it comes to due dates and notifications, and it enables them to track how well their employees are progressing and performing.

This is a benefit for employers because:

  • They are reminded of any important dates or work.
  • It can keep employees accountable, especially if notifications are reminders of any due dates, meetings, etc.
  • Automation paired with integration allows them to upgrade their calendars and any other app they might want to include (i.e., scheduling or analytics).

5. Common Learning Environment

If your company invests in an LMS, courses for employees can be created and/or purchased to gain knowledge from the same pool of courses allowing learners to help each other out and collaborate. This creates a familiar learning environment and a sense of camaraderie for employees completing remote learning courses.

6. Morale & Performance Boosting

Remote learning can help boost employee morale in two ways: the satisfaction and fun of gamification and by developing skills faster, experiencing better comprehension, and applying what they learn to their work more confidently. 

That boost in morale can be really beneficial for managers.

Employees with high morale tend to be more motivated and have a higher energy level, resulting in more productivity from your workers. Through their online learning, they’ll also be working with more skills. because they're higher trained.

Every dollar invested in online training results in productivity, according to  SH!FT.

7. Training Requires Less Supervision

Remote training, by nature, fosters independent learning (synchronous vs. asynchronous learning), making it more convenient for employees. This also benefits managers because they don’t have to supervise their employees in the same way while they’re doing their training.

Managers can check the analytics on the administrative side of their LMS to ensure employees are on track. If someone appears to be struggling with the content or falling behind, a manager can offer that employee coaching or support.

Remote learning allows employee training to be done independently, so managers can focus more on their own work and use the tools available in the LMS to monitor progress and identify gaps, with less of a focus on micromanaging their training employees. 

8. Higher Productivity From Employees

They’ll have more time to work on their jobs, but be more skilled when doing it, and likely more confident in those skills.

This illustrates why investing in learning and development for your employees is so important. 

9. Reduction in Staff Turnover

An investment in employee training is vital for retaining staff long-term. According to ThinkImpact, 94 percent of employees would stay at their company if provided with training.Planning, identifying resources, and investing in remote training saves money and time. It allows employees to train on their own schedule, which is a big draw.According to ThinkImpact, 90 percent of employees like training flexibility and 85 percent of people surveyed preferred training plans to slot right into the openings in their schedules versus scheduling everything else around their required training.

By investing in remote training, you’ll be giving employees what they want, while also helping yourself develop a more productive staff.

10. Course Creation and Purchase One Time

Once you’ve created or purchased a course, you have it forever (or as long as you have the platform, at least).

We mention purchase because some learning platforms and LMS have course libraries which meansyou don’t have to create courses yourself. Instead, you can browse the library to see if there are materials that meet your company’s needs. This also means you don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time an employee needs training byfindingnew trainers, seminars, or courses Instead, you simply direct them to the training resources already available.

3 Examples of Companies/Organizations Successfully Using Remote Learning

Company

LMS

Stats

The American Council on Exercise LearnUpon According to LearnUpon:
  • 90,000 professionals in the industry have access
  • They are the first in the industry t deliver DEI courses
Rosetta Stone TalentLMS According to the case study on TalentLMS’s website:
  • 90% of training can now be offered through online courses
  • It’s cost-effective and able to create courses quickly
Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York SAP Litmos According to the case study on the SAP Litmoswebsite:
  • They have 10,000+ users
  • Onboarding time has been reduced in half


How to Start Reaping the Benefits of Remote Learning for Your Corporation

If you’re sold on remote learning, it’s time to create an action plan so you can start seeing the benefits of distance learning. 

Here are the steps you can take:

  1. Identify the “why” 
  2. Choose an LMS 
  3. Create a SCORM package
  4. Find/build courses
  5. Deliver the courses to your employees
  6. Track the progress

1. Identify the “why”

First and foremost, identify why you need remote learning and what kind of online training would benefit your employees. You’ll want to be specific about what materials employees need to learn.

Also consider how your employees learn best and use that information to help you understand what features should be included in  your learning software to have.

2. Choose an LMS

When selecting an LMS most suitable for your needs, consider the following:, 

  • Content
  • Features
  • Budget
  • User base

It may involve researching different LMS options to make the most educated decision. Choosing an LMS can be a complicated process because there are many options and use cases. 

To learn more about how to pick a suitable LMS for your business, check out our article 3 Best Online Learning Platforms for Businesses & Key Benefits of Each.

3. Create a SCORM package 

Sharable Content Object, Reference Model (SCORM)essentially describes a framework for developing/sharing content with your LMS platform.

You can learn more about SCORM and how it was developed in our blog post SCORM: eLearning Standard Explained.

4. Find and/or build courses

If you’re finding, rather than building, courses browse through the content library your LMS offers.

If you’re building courses, these are some steps you should consider:

  • Establish a curriculum for the training
  • Plan the course, including what extra elements (videos, graphics, etc.) you’ll want included
  • Write out your content and gather/make those elements. Writing and extra elements should sound and look professional, so you may need professional assistance.
  • Put it all together in your LMS course builder and make any necessary revisions before publishing.

You can learn more about how to build a course in our article Creating eLearning Courses for Businesses – Step by Step Guide.

5. Deliver the Courses to Your Employees

Once you’ve completed finding or creating your courses, it’s time to deliver them to your employees. Ensure they can all easily find and access the relevant courses.

6. Track the Progress

LMS allows you to access analytics and track the progress of your employees so you can see how far along they are or if they need some help with the training. If they’re all struggling, this might indicate  adjustments are needed to your course.

FAQ

Do the benefits of remote learning outweigh the cons?

This is something every company has to weigh for themselves. However, we certainly think they do. There are many measurable advantages of remote learning. And often a “con” can be corrected with the proper LMS. For example, if some of your employees are worried about losing the social aspect of training or are concerned about what to do if they need help during the course , some LMS platforms like Tovuti offer features that address that with forums, ratings, and comments, virtual classrooms, and virtual meetings.

Are there benefits of remote learning for managers?

There most certainly are! It’s not just employees who reap the remote learning benefits, but the managers, as well..

In fact, we’ve listed several benefits for managers throughout this blog post, including:

  • Training requires less supervision
  • Increase in morale positively impacts performance
  • Higher productivity from employees
  • Reduction in staff turnover
  • Create or buy a course once

Who benefits from remote learning?

Everyone! From the customers to the partners, to every employee, manager, CEO, or owner. Training, in general, is an integral part of running any business, and remote learning just makes that process even more accessible.

Conclusion

There are many benefits of remote learning for businesses for both employees and managers, including:

  1. Time and cost savings
  2. Convenience
  3. Standardization
  4. Automation
  5. Common learning environment
  6. Morale & performance boosting
  7. Training requires less supervision
  8. Higher productivity from employees
  9. Reduction in staff turnover
  10. Create or buy a course once

If you’re looking to innovate the way you train your employees, don’t overlook the benefits of remote learning, particularly with an LMS.

If you are interested in finding an LMS, we invite you to reach out to Tovuti. Or, if you’d prefer to see an LMS in action, watch our demo.

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Amey Humphries
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