Benefits of Online Learning to the Education Sector

Benefits of Online Learning to the Education Sector

There are many benefits of online learning to the education sector; the use of technology has helped to transform the way in which people can learn.

All you have to do is turn on your laptop, or open an internet browser to gain access to a wealth of knowledge.

The advantages of e-learning are becoming increasingly recognised by schools, colleges and universities. For those who are unfamiliar with this method of learning we have highlighted the top five reasons for considering replacing traditional classroom based learning with online training.

So, what are the benefits of online learning to the education sector?

1) Lower costs

The majority of costs are reduced as:

  • There are no travel expenses – there is no need to travel to and from a training venue; it can all be undertaken from the workplace or the individual’s home.
  • No training materials are needed – all of the information can be accessed online, where it is all stored for future reference.
  • No instructor or trainer is required – once content has been created and implemented into the learning management system, it can be accessed again and again.

    It is particularly cost-effective for schools as there are no minimum numbers required for training; it can accommodate as little as one individual.

    Benefits of Online Learning to the Education Sector

    2) Faster Delivery

    A key advantage to e-learning is the potential for a quick delivery and turn-around time of training when compared to traditional classroom based learning.

    Online training reduces learning time as:

    • The length of time needed to undertake training is reduced – courses can be tailored to any length of completion time.
    • Time spent away from the workplace travelling to training venues is removed.
    • Online learning can be taken at your own pace – learning management systems remember where learners reached in the course, so they can return from where they left off.

      3) More effective learner engagement

      By using a learning management system, you can track the progression of learners and receive reports on their activities, including grades and answers to questions. Also, students have to participate more actively through this method of learning, which usually results in a higher knowledge retention rate.

      4) Tailored to your learners

      Online courses are customisable, and can be tailored to suit your organisation’s or individual’s needs. You can add appropriate resources, materials or questions to ensure that learners are covering all the key areas they need to.

      In addition, learners can often skip quicker through areas they have a better understanding of, and can spend a longer amount of time reviewing areas they need to improve on.

      Benefits of Online Learning to the Education Sector

      5) Flexibility and Consistency

      Online learning offers the ability for high levels of coverage, such as learners who may travel a lot for work, or have differing shift patterns from the majority of individuals within the organisation. It also ensures that communication and presentation of information is consistent, meaning all learners receive the same training.


      Hopefully the above points help to emphasise the advantages of using online learning, and may have given you an insight into a new alternative for your training needs.

      To access a free trial of our health and safety online learning contact Jodie on or 01394 389683. Alternatively you can take a look at our full range of online courses here.

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