Distance learning, or teletraining, planted its roots a long time ago, thanks to methods based on correspondence courses and the postal service. However, it was not until the development and boom of the Internet that it began to experience its golden age with the advent of e-learning. Thus, for nearly 40 years this training system has made use of resources and electronic tools to make things easier for both students and educators.
E-learning has coexisted and complemented face to face learning for the past 40 years. However, in 2020 the tables were turned and e-learning became a fundamental solution for education not only to continue, but also for it to be accessible in the context of social distancing that the Coronavirus has imposed.
Society in general hopes that the virus will soon be under control and become a distant memory. When this happens, e-learning will need to be prepared to continue occupying a prominent position in the education system. This is fundamentally because its advantages go much farther than merely offering solutions in exceptional circumstances such as a global social and public health crisis.
As providers and specialists in e-learning for language learning, at Dexway we are well aware of the benefits that this training system has for schools and training distributors. For this reason, we have highlighted 8 aspects in which distance learning makes the difference to lead the educational projects of companies and organizations:
It is an educational model on the rise and continues to go from strength to strength:
According to a study by the University of La Rioja, online education has grown 900% worldwide since 2000. Furthermore, e-learning is expected to reach a global market value of 336.98 billion dollars by 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1% between 2018 and the aforementioned year (Syngene Research , Global E-Learning Market Analysis, 2019). In fact, everything points to the fact that the Coronavirus will enhance this upward trend, as shown by the fact that in the US 93% of families with school-age children (US Census Bureau) report their participation in some type of learning remotely during the first months of the pandemic.
It eliminates structural limitations and broadens educational options:
Distance learning gives absolute flexibility to create tailored courses and extends both the resources and the tools available. Training centers win because they can improve the range of the courses they offer and adjust them much more to the profile of the clients they seek. This, in turn, allows them to adopt blended learning models and implement scalable business models, based on step-by-step growth and with low risk.
It facilitates managing the work-life balance for workers and saves them time:
Happy, satisfied workers perform better and get better results. Therefore, it is advantageous that teachers can be part of the e-learning methodology, since they save time and money by not having to travel to the educational center. This provides facilities for them to reconcile their professional and personal lives, and also serves to increase their productivity, because it ensures that the educator makes better use of his or her time and uses it to optimize their contact hours with students.
It helps saves money and optimize profits:
Quality and profitability can go hand in hand in the education sector. It is possible to offer world-class online teaching that is based on a tight investment and focused on profits. This is because this methodology does not require complex logistics and large facilities such as in face-to-face education, in addition to saving on specific resources, such as books, photocopies, etc. This is how it is possible to offer a wide range of courses and implement them perfectly, without the need for facilities and classrooms to be equipped for them all.
Being at the cutting edge boosts an institution’s image:
Technology is synonymous with modernity and so a good way to attract students is to have a current offer that takes advantage of digital and technological resources. The typical profile of a person seeking to enroll in online courses is that of a user with well-developed digital skills and who has mastered the most important tools that the Internet offers. For this reason, e-learning students value the school allowing them to take advantage of their abilities to learn in a highly flexible, multi-channel learning environment very positively.
It guarantees quality and modernity through frequent updates:
The Internet is a changing medium that is constantly growing and developing. Both training companies and educational centers need to evolve on a daily basis and adapt, to provide a lasting offer that is modern and of quality. Something that, fortunately, is simple to carry out, since the digitization of the content facilitates its continuous renewal.
It improves the client-student experience:
In online education, the student is the central axis of the experience, so the purpose of the course is to achieve their learning objectives. Thus, this methodology has very powerful advantages over face-to-face teaching, because it allows the classes and content to be customized according to the needs of each person. Specifically, it adapts to your circumstances, offers you full flexibility to approach content as you prefer, and saves you time; which usually translates into comfort and more satisfying experiences.
Higher success rates than in face-to-face training:
Every company seeks optimal results when carrying out its work and distance learning is no exception. In fact, it is important that it demonstrates its usefulness at a time like this, where the Coronavirus represents an opportunity for its development. This is something that will be verified over the months, although there is already strong data in its favor.
As for example, that the retention rates of e-learning are between 25 and 60% (for the 8-10% presented by face-to-face education); or that with the online methodology it takes between 40% and 60% less time to study a specific material, compared to learning that takes place in the classroom.
Dexway brings e-learning solutions to language learning
At CAE we have been betting on e-learning and online solutions since 1981. Therefore, we have four decades of experience in the search for quality teaching without limitations; as well as a wide range of resources and tools. This is the case with our Dexway language courses which have been especially prepared to meet the language training needs of large companies, organizations, education centers and training bodies.
At Dexway we have a wide offer that adapts to each teaching need, so our language solutions include blended methods and eminently practical resources, courses focused on professional learning, reinforcement materials, modules based on specific topics, online distance learning for higher education institutions and formal training, etc.
Contact us for no obligation information and to discover how easy it is to take advantage of all the benefits of e-learning to cover the language training needs of your company, organization or educational center.