7 Reasons why eLearning outperforms the classroom

Modern eLearning outperforms the classroom when it comes to delivering an engaging and efficient syllabus.

I don’t know about you, but my lessons at school, university or professional development training have not always gone at the pace I wanted. They were either too fast, too slow and even if they were going at the right pace, the lectures and tutorials weren’t always on at a time when I was available to learn. 

Then, of course, some of the teachers/tutors/lecturers weren’t quite up to the job – not very entertaining or informative.  Some just didn’t bring their A-game often enough.

Ok, so I admit I didn’t always bring my A-game as a student.  How many times in class have I zoned out and wished I’d had a rewind button on that vital piece of content that I just missed?

Or, conversely, I got it the first time around and someone else in the class wanted to ask questions incessantly on some point and I wanted to move on … so boring!

Then, you know, we all have different learning styles.  Some people like to immerse themselves in the content and smash through one subject at a time.  Others like to pace themselves and give themselves time to absorb and meditate on the subject so they fully understand it.

Fortunately, we now live in the internet age, and we can tailor our learning to our individual needs through e-learning.

However, personalisation is just one of the reasons why more and more supply chain teams are turning to e-learning. Let’s briefly outline seven reasons why eLearning is the most effective form of supply chain training before delving into more detailed explanations.

  1. It has more breadth
  2. …and more depth
  3. It’s more engaging
  4. It offers a seamless experience
  5. It’s agile and scalable
  6. It can be personalised
  7. Your progress is measurable

7 Reasons to ditch the classroom and embrace eLearning

1. e-Learning offers an enormous breadth

One of the best things about eLearning is that you are not geographically constrained; you can take courses from anyone, located anywhere.  

Academy of Procurement alone offers over 250+ training course. You can learn anything from ABC Analysis to Warehousing basics!

Of course, you have to be careful and do your due diligence before committing to an online course. That is why at the Academy of Procurement we encourage you to try before you buy our course. But whether it is from us or someone else, eLearning offers an enormous breadth to keep you at the top of your game for the life of your career.

2. It offers enormous depth

While it’s good to have choice, the definition of expertise is the depth of knowledge. Here, too, eLearning shines as you can deep dive into topics that interest you or that will help further your career.

As supply chain professionals, there is no point sitting through hours of content you already know just because its on the curriculum. You want to get right into the content that will have the biggest impact on your work performance.

eLearning lets you mix and match topics in your chosen area, targeting training that fills in your skill gap or extends your knowledge on topics you may have some mastery over already.

All this from the comfort of your own office or home, with no geographic restrictions! You don’t have to waste time travelling to classrooms.

3. It’s totally engaging

When you have a classroom full of students, either in school or university, you need a teacher in there to teach them. But even the best teacher cannot always bring their A-game to every class. eLearning has matured to the point that what is out there now is usually purpose-made content that is designed to be extremely engaging.

You can do multiple takes of an instructor teaching the material and put the best version online. Moreover, eLearning institutes can run tests on the material before putting them online to determine their quality and effectiveness. Imagine having the most engaging instructor delivering their best teaching performance every time you rock up for class. Imagine how engaged you would be and how much you would learn – how much you’d want to learn! That’s what eLearning can do.

4. It’s brilliantly seamless

Most eLearning platforms, including Academy of Procurement, strive to make it as easy as possible for you to join and get starting learning. But if you want to pause because life gets busy or want to stop for whatever reason, you can!

Hop on, hop off, eLearning is not about completing 60 credits to get a degree but about learning what you need, when you need it… which brings us to the next point!

5. eLearning is agile & scalable

Traditional universities are great, but they are cumbersome and slow to change. The slowness is due to the complex review and course development processes in place to ensure quality. This is admirable, but it does mean that outdated courses remain on the books as the gears of the education machine slowly turn to update their curriculum.

By contrast, eLearning is all about agility and scalability. Places like the Academy of Procurement can more quickly respond to market trends, putting out courses that address emerging skill gaps or update old courses to keep better pace with the employment landscape. This is particularly important in the world of procurement and supply chains as the landscape is in a constant state of flux. New legislations and new techniques and strategies are a constantly evolving what needs to be learned and adopted.

Also, updated courses can be tried on smaller groups before they are rolled out to a bigger audience. Along the way, the learning material can be perfected to ensure maximum engagement.

6. It’s personalised

When you are engaged with the material, you learn more, and the best way to ensure engagement is to learn material for which you see a clear need. Have you identified a gap in your skill that you want to fill? With eLearning, you can address the gap by taking just the course you need. You can mix and match and tailor your learning to suit YOU! Also, you can track your progress, which leads us to the next point…

7. It’s measurable

Assessment is one of the hardest parts of education, but we are getting good at measuring what you have learned and your level of mastery. eLearning platforms, like Academy of Procurement, offer quizzes and more sophisticated testing so that you can see the progress you have made.

We’re so used to getting instant feedback in the digital age so waiting until you get your assignment results weeks after the course finishes just isn’t going to cut it.

8. It’s certifiable (bonus!)

In case seven reasons weren’t enough, we’ve added an extra bonus one. You will get an accredited certificate to mark your mastery! Indeed, the only thing eLearning doesn’t offer is a cap and gown ceremony at the end of your training course.

Discover modern eLearning at Academy of Procurement

If you want to get a feel for how eLearning works for supply chain professionals, take a look at Academy of Procurement. You’ll not only see the range of courses available, but you’ll get to sample the content and discover how effective and engaging online learning can be.