A report by the U.S. Department of Education published in 2009 concluded that after accessing 99 studies done over 12 years, “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” These studies presented quantitative comparisons of the performance of students taking the same course online or in a face-to-face learning environment across a variety of disciplines. The combined evidence pointed towards a slight but statistically significant benefit to those using the online learning software.
While this study was done for learning in an academic setting, it’s not hard to see the corporate implications of these results. While there are some that still use face-to-face instruction to train their employees, the results of this report imply that such practices could be hurting their bottom line. In a corporate setting where businesses are always fine-tuning their business strategies at every level, effective eLearning techniques are important tools to give you a competitive edge.
Not to mention that these studies were done from 1996 to 2008. With the speed at which eLearning technology has grown, they likely don’t even capture the whole picture of what eLearning can do for learners of every kind today. It’s a very exciting prospect, and we’re excited to be a part of it.
If you’re looking for above average results from your employee training program, the choice is clear. eLearning is quickly becoming the best way for you to make sure your employees are performing to the best of their ability. Don’t just pick any learning software though, choose the corporate LMS that was created by workplace training professionals to fit better the way corporations operate. We have a user-friendly interface and an entire toolkit of features that will help you better manage your training and help your employees better master it.
Interested in reading more on this topic? Head over to The New York Times where Steve Lohr originally wrote on this topic in August of 2009.