Moving with the times to stay relevant is vital for attracting and retaining students. Adopting e-learning can be an excellent way to do so.
Many awarding organisations and educational institutions are already offering online learning, with advocates quick to highlight how new technology can enable students to learn in innovative and exciting ways.
Aside from the hype, implementing e-learning can help you achieve your strategic objectives in numerous areas:
1. Exercise more control over the context of learning
Traditional learning requires a classroom or centre. E-learning allows organisations to deliver the teaching from anywhere with a stable and secure internet connection.
These services come with a multitude of data. Analysing this data can help to improve teaching and learning, providing organisations the ability to personalise students’ learning experience. It also allows students to set their own pace of study.
2. Consistent and scalable
In face-to-face sessions, every teacher and lecturer has their own method of schooling. Each varies in approach and style. E-learning allows you to quickly create and communicate consistent and standardised teaching, allowing every learner to go through the same experience regardless of when and where they take the course.
Further to that, as e-learning is online, you can teach a much larger cohort of students at once without the need to worry about venue capacity.
3. Reach overseas students
By removing the need to be physically present during classes, students can learn no matter where they live. This allows you to promote and teach your curriculum across the globe, expanding your reach.
Furthermore, most solutions allow you to personalise the user interface, helping deliver the curriculum and assessment in the local language and accommodating terminology specific to your organisation, helping students to feel comfortable with the software from the start.
4. Attract and retain students
Millennials, who are already emerging as leaders in technology and other industries, will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. Unlike previous generations, these digital natives increasingly expect the use of technology in all aspects of their lives, including schooling. By moving to e-learning, awarding organisations meet their technological needs, which can help to improve student and member retention.
Additionally, as workplaces increasingly invest in and adopt new technology, such as robotic process automation to complete manual tasks, students need different and higher skill levels. E-learning proactively meets these needs by delivering teachings online, reflecting how the modern workplace operates and improving digital literacy.
As illustrated, e-learning can help achieve your strategic objectives. However, making changes to how you deliver your curriculum is no easy task. Deviations from traditional learning models can be met with resistance, while introducing new technologies or methods often rely on systematic change.
If you are not yet ready to move to a fully digital process, you can use onscreen marking (e-marking) as a stepping-stone. By moving your assessment marking (or scoring) online, you can modernise part of your processes without having to overhaul complex systems all at once.
Take our ‘Is e-marking right for you’ questionnaire to discover if e-marking is the right choice for your organisation, spring boarding your journey to a fully digital, end-to-end e-learning or e-assessment solution.