The Benefits of Online Training

By: Heather Jewell

With our busy lives, conventional employee training can become a repetitive, time-consuming task for all involved. In-person classroom training requires that everyone involved get together at the same time/place, and the teacher must be paid for his/her time, even though the same material is presented again and again. Conventional training involves print materials, travel expenses, and many other cost-producing aspects.

Is there a better way to deliver high quality training to employees without the hefty expense, inconvenience, and loss of productivity?

The solution: Online Training. Online training applications are a great way to deliver standardized material to large groups. Today, many online training applications can be customized specifically to your company's needs. For example, NuRelm's e-training software, Osmosis, is highly customizable software that is built on the same platform as their Content Management Software. This enables the entire application for ease of editability, giving non-technical course administrators the utmost control over adding/editing courses and learners. Here are a few more perks for adopting an Online Training program:

* Flexibility: Online training works great with tight schedules. Since many people are living busy lives, these Web-based applications can be reached from home or any other Internet-accessible computer anytime! No more scheduled training sessions to work around. Employees can train at their own pace, and work around their schedules, thereby minimizing loss of productivity.
* Relevance: All content-managed courses stay up-to-date, ensuring that the most accurate, relevant information reaches trainees.
* Affordable: Companies with a large volume of high-turnover positions where continuous training is necessary can save thousands with online training programs. They eliminate classroom related costs and materials' expenses. Now trainers can develop the course content, present it once and go on to the next project. Trainers only need to revisit the course if the content needs to be modified.
* Retention: Since trainees are learning at their own pace, the learning retention rate is often higher than in a classroom setting. They can still have opportunities to email or call the teacher to ask questions, although many online courses now offer an updatable FAQ section where they can look first for answers to the most commonly asked questions, which reduces repetitive questions.
* Reporting: Most applications, like Osmosis, are customizable. The reporting tools are also customized to suit the company. During the analysis phase of the project, specialists determine what components are most important and develop easy ways to gather the exact data needed for grading.

Not only are interactive, Web-based applications a great solution for online training. Less extensive Web-based tutorials are a great way to get information out about certain products or services.

Sales personnel and/or consumers can easily access information online to educate themselves about upcoming products. For example, Pittsburgh-based ThermoFisher teamed up with NuRelm to create an online tutorial for a medical device they invented. The product was to be released to medical professionals globally, but didn't have an effective way to relay how to use it. NuRelm created a Web-based slide show of step-by-step instructions. The Internet is a versatile education tool for anyone from consumers to employees, children, doctors, or other professionals.

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