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10 Fascinating Facts About Modern eLearning

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Does anyone learn anything from a fully offline source anymore?

That’s not a critique on “kids these days don’t read books!” or the like. My question is to get at a point of how intertwined learning has become with electronic sources.

Perhaps you found an interesting newspaper fact and checked the source online, or read an old book and wanted to see if Wikipedia had an update on the information. Maybe you read a great nonfiction book and went looking for a related TED Talk. If you didn’t feel compelled to look online for more info, any modern writer probably used a few web sources to create their book in the first place.

Whatever the case, even the most old school of print material has become, in many ways, a jumping off point for further web-based research.

Is your business keeping up with the eLearning trend? Maybe you already have learning management software but want to be sure you are making use of all eLearning opportunities. Here are 10 timely stats on how tech is influencing learning and how you can incorporate these new trends into your training plan.

Modern eLearning Facts

  1. Productivity increases by 43% when using a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, etc.) in contrast to non-mobile device users. Clearly there is a direct correlation between productivity and platform. (Source: Growth Engineering.) <– Click to Tweet
  2. In 2016, the mobile learning industry was $5.3 billion; by the end of 2017 it is expected to increase to $12.2 billion. eLearning is becoming one of the primary sources of learning in our society and it isn’t leaving anytime soon. Get with the trend or get left behind. (Source: eLearning Industry.) <– Click to Tweet
  3. 8% of companies currently use MOOCs, but that number is expected to almost double in the next year. These types of free and easily accessible courses promote learning and mean more resources for your business for less money. (Source: Doyen Marketing.) <– Click to Tweet
  4. Virtual training takes 40-60% less time to complete than classroom training. This means your employees will have more time to apply the concepts they learned outside the virtual classroom! (Source: Elearninglearning.) <– Click to Tweet
  5. IBM saved $200 million by adopting a virtual training program for its employees. eLearning is important for universities, but it can be even more of a money saver for large and small businesses. (Source: IRRODL.) <– Click to Tweet
  6. eLearning produces an 18% increase in employee engagement in the workplace. This leads to greater employee retention, a better work culture, and more collaborative employees. (Source: Molly Fletcher, Careers Unbound.) <– Click to Tweet
  7. North America holds 53% of the total shares in eLearning worldwide. The United States is a big player in the eLearning market and exemplifies what the future of eLearning could look like. (Source: technavio.) <– Click to Tweet
  8. 70% of professionals use their personal device(s) for business, and that number is expected to increase by 2018. A new age of BYOD (bring your own device) is upon us where professional eLearning can be completed outside the office. (Source: SailPoint.) <– Click to Tweet
  9. By 2018, professionals will own 3-4 personal mobile devices each. Whether this be a laptop, tablet, or phone, users are increasing their quantity and quality of electronic platforms. (Source: Gartner.) <– Click to Tweet
  10. eLearning courses consume 90% less energy than traditional learning since they don’t require travel or paper documentation. In other words, eLearning courses are even eco-friendly! (Source: The Open University.) <– Click to Tweet

Which eLearning facts stunned you?

While some companies may want to kick it old school and keep their students in a traditional classroom, it seems that all arrows point to eLearning. With lower costs and more flexibility, it is easy to see why this is the case. In the future, it will be even more interesting to see all the ways that businesses begin to collaborate and become more innovative in incorporating eLearning into their own learning models.

What did you learn? Any facts surprise you? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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About the Author

Halden Ingwersen

Halden Ingwersen writes about HR and eLearning at Capterra. She’s a graduate of Agnes Scott College and a TEDx presenter. You can follow her on Twitter @CapterraHalden, just don’t get her started about her zombie survival plan.

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