What is e-Learning
e-Learning refers to learning and supportive resources that are made available through a computer. Although there are many definitions and varieties of e-learning , CCOHS' e-learning courses are delivered via the web.
If you like to learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own environment our e-learning courses are for you. Using a computer, you work through the modules using the many features of electronic learning such as:
- built-in links to supporting information and documents
- engaging graphics
- interactive learning activities
Other helpful features include:
- printable notepad
- rollover "help bubbles"
- virtual tour of module navigation and learning features
Training & Education Benefits
Higher retention and faster learning
- Individuals who take e-courses experience significantly higher rates of retention than those taking classroom courses - in less time. Content is delivered in smaller, more manageable units. Individuals can skim material they know, and review material that is new to them.
- According to various published studies, individuals taking e-courses retain up to 100% more than if they took comparable classroom courses.
- Taking an e-learning program typically requires 30-60% less time than attending a comparable classroom course.
- Students can convert information to knowledge at their own pace.
Less intimidating than classroom courses
- Trainees can ask CCOHS Client Services without having to worry about what others in the class might think. They can also work through exercises in private, without fear of failure.
More interactivity than classroom courses
- According to studies, students in classroom courses typically ask about .1 questions per hour. Students taking e-learning programs can interact with the courseware via question and answer up to 120 times per hour.
"Just-in-time" rather than "just-in-case" learning
- Individuals can take e-courses when they need to learn about a subject - not when an instructor is available to give a course.
- Courses can be customized to meet an organization’s specific needs. Add information such as your organization’s policies, procedures and contact information for greater relevance. Add information to address the specific needs of your industry.
Uniformity of course content
- All trainees see and hear exactly the same content when they take an e-course. If your employees take classroom courses delivered at different times or by different instructors, the material that is delivered may vary from one course to another.
Anywhere, anytime scheduling
- Individuals can take e-courses at times that suit the organization's schedule, anywhere that there is an Internet-connected computer. Employees do not need to be away from work for extended periods of time.
- An organization can automatically track employees' progress through e-learning programs. Learning Management Systems typically track the dates an individual has been in a course, the time spent, and their scores on any exams.
Significant cost savings
- As well as reducing training time, using e-learning programs eliminates the need for travel and its attendant expenses for both instructors and students. A study reported in Training Magazine indicated that organizations save 50-70% on training costs when they use e-learning programs instead of classroom courses.
CCOHS e-learning Benefits
CCOHS e-learning courses are:
- Written by, or under the direct supervision of a CCOHS subject specialist
- Reviewed by other CCOHS subject specialists for information flow, accuracy, currency and the use of clear language
- Reviewed externally by representatives of government, employers and labour
- Available in English and French
- An organization can automatically track employees' progress through CCOHS' e-learning programs. The learning management system employed by CCOHS' e-courses tracks the dates an individual has been in a course, the number of hours and minutes spent, and his or her scores on all attempts at the course exam.
But you don't have to take our word for it...read what the experts have to say about the benefits of e-learning by consulting the bibliography below. If you'd like to try one of our e-courses contact CCOHS' Client Services at 1-800-668-4284 or email@example.com.
Available on the web:
- The Benefits and Drawbacks of e-learning , (2004) by Kevin Kruse.
- Corporate e-learning : Exploring a New Frontier, WR Hambrecht + Co (2000). http://www.astd.org/NR/rdonlyres/E2CF5659-B67B-4D96-9D85-BFAC308D0E28/0/hambrecht.pdf
- E-Learning: A White Paper from IsoDynamic, (September 2001). http://www.isodynamic.com/web/pdf/IsoDynamic_elearning_white_paper.pdf
- Facts, Figures and Forces Behind e-learning , (August 2000). http://www.learnframe.com/aboutelearning/elearningfacts.pdf
- How e-learning Can Increase ROI for Training (THINQ), (2002) http://www.llmagazine.com/e_learn/resources/pdfs/ROI_training.pdf
- A Vision of E-Learning for America's Workforce: Report of the Commission on Technology and Adult Learning, (June 2001). http://www.nga.org/cda/files/ELEARNINGREPORT.pdf
Other resources referenced
- SunTrust Equitable Securities, e-learning and Knowledge Technology (Mar. 2000).
- Getting Up to Speed on E-Learning, Tom Werner, Brandon-Hall.com Publishers, 2001.
- "Market Trends and E-Learning" white paper, MindLever.com, 2000.
- Special E-Learning Section, Forbes, Summer, 2000.
- Training Magazine, March 2000.
We've partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create the e-learning versions of our courses.
Vubiz offers other related e-learning courses that may also be of interest to you. Read about them in the Vubiz Catalogue of e-learning courses.