Training Sign In The Cloud

In some of my previous posts, I talked about “how the remote workforce is making online training a necessity” and even explored, at a high level, what the differences are between live training, self-paced learning, and blended learning. While there are certainly instances where conducting live, in-person training is not only warranted but required from a legal and/or compliance standpoint, we are big proponents of moving your training to the cloud. And we say this not only because many of our customers use our social learning platform to deliver online training (such as this Apple certified training company and even this snow plowing service provider), but also because we truly believe in the benefits and value that a cloud-based solution provides.

If you are still unconvinced or unsure about whether you should take your training program online, read on as we explore five key benefits for online training.

#1 – Expand The Geographic Reach of Your Training

One of the most beneficial aspects of online training is the convenience and flexibility that it offers to both the trainer and the trainees. With face-to-face, in-person training programs, participants are often limited by geography, scheduling, and/or budget. An instructor’s influence is restricted to the region where s/he is based, and learners have to travel to the instructor to acquire the necessary training or knowledge at the time the training is offered. Or, trainers need to make arrangements for things such as travel, accomodations, meeting facilities, schedules, physical training materials, etc., to bring the training to remotely located learners. By offering an online training program, however, trainers can deliver content irregardless of the learner’s location; organizations can greatly expand their training outreach to remote workers in different regions.

#2 – Leverage A Greater Pool of Subject Matter Experts

Though the first point presents the benefit in terms of extending the reach to remotely located learners, the same benefit holds true for the trainer as well. Depending on the online training solution and the user permissions employed, access can be given to subject matter experts (SME’s) to create and deliver the training wherever they are located as well. These SME’s may even be outside of your organization…for example, imagine an environment where your most knowledgable and passionate customer (perhaps with more knowledge and passion about your product than those within your own organization!) has the ability and empowerment to teach, provide support, and influence your customers to buy your product. We’ll touch on this a bit more in a future post.

#3 – Use Training Budget More Effectively

Conducting in-person training can be extremely expensive; as mentioned in the first point, it is quite common for companies to spend thousands of dollars on travel costs to transport employees to training seminars alone – without even taking into account other costly considerations such as renting a meeting space, hiring a production or onsite event support staff, shipping and printing costs, etc. For large organizations, this can lead up to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year just to manage the logistics of training, without even focusing on the learning content itself.

With an online training program, however, companies can avoid these costs by delivering learning content virtually. Trainers can offer content to employees without being constrained by geography and meeting room size, and these employees can continuously learn from the convenience from their location, thereby eliminating all the costs associated with the logistics of managing a face-to-face training event. Implementing a SaaS solution can further reduce costs by eliminating the amount of IT support needed to implement, deploy, and maintain installed software.

#4 – Access Learning Content On Demand

Traditional ways of learning is delivered via a “push” method – training is provided at a set time and place, and those who are available (or required to) can attend. Contrast this to a less interruption-driven “pull” model, where most of how we learn at work and in life takes place organically and continuously as we go about doing our job each and every day. By making your training content available online and on demand, you can let people learn when they’re ready to learn, not when a trainer is ready to teach them.

#5 – Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

As organizations are pushing for more green initiatives, those organizations that have been spending alot of resources on traditional in-person training may realize that moving training programs online may promote a more socially-responsible practice. Here is a good article that talks more about “how online learning can get you closer to being a green business“. In essence, online programs can help reduce a tremendous amount of material costs and paper waste, in addition to reducing travel related emissions..

These are just some of the benefits for moving your training program online. I’m sure there are more….what are some other benefits that your organization has seen? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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