E-learning

E-learning is a relatively new term, which refers to the use of multimedia and the Internet as basic sources of communication and information. This enables communication and cooperation at a distance, that is, participants are educated without the need for physical presence in a particular place. Participants are thus enabled to be educated when and where they want, and the training materials can be viewed an unlimited number of times.

How e-learning appeared?

The name e-learning comes from the English translation of the name e-learning. E-learning dates back to the late 19th century when education initiatives through correspondence studies were launched in the United States, and the real development of e-learning began with the development of Internet technologies in the 20th century. Accordingly, the term e-learning, or e-learning, was first used at the CBT Systems Seminar held in Los Angeles in 1999. Since then, terms such as online learning and virtual learning have also appeared.


Traditional forms of education and learning

An indispensable part of every job is education. They can sometimes be very tiring for the students themselves, but also employers because they represent high costs. For example, an educator is needed to conduct any education. If the training takes place in the premises of the organization, it needs to be provided, which means that it is very likely that some employees will have to dedicate themselves to it, but also that other employees will be left without their own space to work at that time. Also, depending on the duration of the training, it is necessary to provide the educator with accommodation, meals, and the like, but it is also necessary to provide meals to the participants. Furthermore, in the opposite scenario, when employees go to educations outside their organization, then they have to pay travel expenses, as well as accommodation and everything else needed. Regardless of the scenario related to the place of training, it is inevitable to emphasize that each training represents a cost of working time, which can ultimately have a major impact on the business of the organization.


Why is it more efficient to choose e-learning?

The answer is very simple because it provides opportunities opposite to traditional forms of education and learning. Thus, as stated in the introduction, e-learning provides the ability to access materials anytime and anywhere, and the only condition for the same is access to the Internet connection. Participants in education become the center of attention of educators because they can participate in quality education, which can be created according to the wishes of employers. Attendees can repeat the material an unlimited number of times, and multimedia content allows better memorization of education. Also, e-learning offers greater and easier access to resources that allows creative and more fun learning, and in the end education conducted through e-learning is much easier to get results. Last, but perhaps most importantly, it is necessary that this form of education is done by experts who enable efficient and effective implementation of all the above. Thus, by choosing e-learning, in addition to high-quality content, financial efficiency is achieved in terms of reducing the cost of education itself, to increase revenue achieved through better education of employees.



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