Compared to corporations, SMEs have different expectations and requirements when it comes to training their staff. Their budgets can be tighter, the learning is usually niche, and the ultimate goals are often, but certainly not always, shorter term.
Far from being a "corporate only" thing, e-learning when it's done right, is equally well suited to serving the training needs of SMEs.
How can one learning system be suited to every type of business? It's all in the content.
There are common considerations SME's will look at, for example cost, convenience, flexibility, scalability, usability. These should be taken care of when selecting the platform.
What makes e-learning unique to each business is the learning they load-up onto the platform, and how it's organised. So a lot of the platform flexibility question is related to the different types of content it can accept and how these can be mixed to produce an engaging and effective experience.
Freedom to be creative, within your own individual training budget, is essential if you want your learners to use the e-learning system you provide for them, and if you want the learning to stick and be useful in their day-to-day work.
It's fun and flexible
Staff generally don't look forward to training. Perhaps because it's associated in their minds with traveling to a classroom and clicking through a computer course or listening to a lecture for an entire day - it isn't something that screams excitement.
e-Learning injects a freshness into training, so employees actually feel engaged. Team members can access courses and learning topics on their phones or tablets and experiment with different materials, including quizzes, games, how-to guides, and forums where they can chat to fellow learners. And it is indisputable that learning is more effective when the learner is engaged so you get a better return for your training investment.
Online material is accessible around the clock, meaning learners can learn in their own way, in their own time and at their own pace.
By its very nature, e-learning encourages staff to engage with one another over course materials, discussing what they have learnt and how best to approach certain modules.
Learners are free to openly interact and question their peers on the course and debate specific areas of interest. This kind of collaboration by social learning will create and strengthen bonds within the team.
Blurring the line between work and training with e-learning will engrain a culture and change behaviours.
Taking SME training into an exciting new era
Learn with Mobile doesn't just offer a practical alternative for small scale companies, it essentially provides a superior solution with proven results.
It has been designed to bring first class e-learning within the reach of all businesses no matter what their size or training budget. Whether you are looking for low cost, flexibility, or effectiveness - Learn with Mobile is the learning platform that makes a difference.
If you're looking to educate in a fresh, affordable, and rewarding way, check out fully mobile responsive e-learning solutions using Learn with Mobile. Get started for free right now, or call the Ambidect team on +44 (0)1260 221292 if you have any questions.