E-Learning – Dial a Learning Programme
The world is slowly moving to an economy where most people work part-time, majorly contributed to by leading businesses that are advancing the concept of the “sharing economy”. The size and scale of Uber, Airbnb and several other firms that take advantage of the “shared economy” now rival, or even surpass, some of the world’s largest businesses in transportation, hospitality and other sectors. The following characteristics have made this emerging business concept quite successful:
They use information technology (IT systems), typically available via web-based platforms, such as mobile “apps” on tablets, laptops and smart phones to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions.
They rely on user-based rating systems for quality control, ensuring a level of trust between consumers and service providers who have not previously met.
They offer the workers who provide services via digital matching platforms flexibility in deciding their typical working hours.
Learning is equally slowly but steadily shifting from the traditional instructor based training to e-learning. E-learning is tailor made to take advantage of the characteristics of “shared economy” of by using IT systems and creating flexibility.
In Kenya stereotypes and resistance are the main factors that limit adoption of e-learning. People often think that online students are not smart enough for a traditional college or university, that they are lazy, and they don’t get “real” degrees. These claims discourage many people from taking online courses and they get stuck in the traditional educational system that consumes a huge deal of money, nerves, and years of their lives. Luckily the Kenyan population has quite a huge percentage of the tech-savvy millennials in its current work force, which means that the use of e-learning tools should increase commensurately.
In Kenya, the government is trying to decentralize schools and colleges by creating university colleges in most counties with an objective of making education more accessible. This is a costly venture for the colleges and it requires a heavy investment of resources. E-learning offers a great alternative that creates access to all the resources of a traditional course, helping participants learn from the comfort of their locations, leaving them the freedom to choose the time for study.
With basically an internet connection, students can attend different courses. With seven out of 10 Kenyans using the internet, the country has the best penetration in Africa which places us at the best position to adopt e-learning. Here are a few serious advantages that eLearning tools bring to workforce training:
Lower environmental impact.
A key advantage of e-learning is that it has quicker delivery cycle times than traditional classroom-based instruction. In fact, research indicates that e-learning reduces learning time by at least 25 to 60 percent when compared to traditional learning. E-learning cuts down on the training time required because:
It does not take as long to start and wrap up a learning session
Learners set their own pace, rather than the pace of the group
No travel time is needed to get to and from training events
Learners can focus on elements of a programme they need to learn and can skip what they already know
Because of the speed and ease in which e-learning is delivered, the costs of learning and development for an organisation are drastically reduced.
There are the immediate cost-effective gains of e-learning in terms of reducing training time as well as cost-effective savings in terms of trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation.
Lower Environmental Impact
By providing an alternative to the paper-based learning and testing of traditional classrooms, e-learning is an effective way for organisations to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
The key areas in which e-learning lowers an organisations’ environmental impact are as follows:
Cuts down on the travel and accommodation costs associated with undertaking a course.
Reduces the need for a campus site and the accompanying costs of maintaining the facility and equipment.
Eliminates the need for paper, thus saving trees.
Viscar is set to offer participants trials for various e-learning courses. Get in touch with us today and let us know your programme of choice on our e-learning portal and we shall book you for a free trial! For more information on the Viscar E-learning programmes, get in touch with Samuel Kamau on email@example.com
E-Learning – Dial a Learning Programme