Headlines: May 7th, 2013

Three-quarters  of organisations currently use e-learning, but only 15% report that it is one of the most effective learning practices available to them. E-learning includes methods such as online virtual learning, serious games and webinars. These findings come from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in their OnDemand Learning and Talent Development survey.

Although the perception of e-learning has improved over the past five years, up from 7% of organisations ranking it in their top three methods in 2009, there is some way to go before it is considered as effective as face-to-face training methods such as coaching by line managers, 39% or in-house development programmes, 48%.

Despite widespread expectations in the 2011 Learning and Talent Development survey that e-learning would account for an increasing proportion of training time, the 2013 findings suggest e-learning has changed very little over the past two years. Approximately two-fifths of organisations report that e-learning makes up less than 10% of their total training time and just one in ten reports it makes up more than half of their total training time.

Vincent Belliveau, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Cornerstone OnDemand said: “People learn and absorb information in different ways and at different speeds. E-learning provides the flexibility to facilitate different learning needs and therefore it is surprising that more organisations are not embracing it. A misconception of e-learning is that it only suits training on compliance issues, such as health and safety regulations, data protection and financial regulations. However, this is not the case. We know it can support much wider forms of learning, such as leadership development and crisis management.”

He added: “My advice to HR professionals is to consider how e-learning methods could be exploited to support your employees in terms of engagement, productivity and efficiency. Newer technologies offer a great number of opportunities, so take advantage of these to upskill your workforce.”