Quite simply, e-learning is electronic learning, and typically this means using a computer to deliver part, or all of a learning experience. There are several benefits to e-learning, whether for yourself or for your coalition stakeholders. Let’s explore a few of them.
• It’s cost effective and saves time: CADCA understands that coalitions have limited budgets for training events. By reducing the time away from the office, removing travel costs and options to print materials, e-learning helps to save money and increase workplace productivity.
• More stakeholders can take advantage: Because of cost effectiveness and easy access, it’s possible for all coalition staff and partners to participate in e-learning sessions. They will appreciate the opportunity to learn first-hand and gain professional development.
• Learning 24/7, anywhere: Coalition stakeholders can complete most e-learning sessions when and where they like. They can start and stop sessions and return to where they left off without a glitch. Depending upon the e-learning opportunity, the average learning module is 30 minutes to 1.5 hours at a time.
• Documentation of attendance is still possible: An important aspect of using computers for learning is that progress is tracked and documentation of participation is provided automatically for each learner. For sessions that are not tracked, CADCA can usually still confirm attendance and provide a letter of participation.
• It’s discreet: Not everyone feels comfortable learning in a large group, or are afraid to ask questions about content they find difficult when others seem to understand easily. E-learning allows learners to tackle the subject at their own pace, with interactive tasks to ensure thorough understanding throughout.
Currently, CADCA offers two types of e-learning experiences, self-directed online courses and informational webinars. We are exploring synchronous e-learning courses which would be similar to higher education-level online programs.