Beyond Videoconferences – 3 Key Needs in Delivering Effective Online Learning
April 13, 2022

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Video conferencing tools have connected the entire globe with the click of a join link, creating essential learning and working opportunities for a globalized population. However – learning experiences require much more than simple videoconferences can offer. During the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, videoconferencing shortcomings have created frustration and a lackluster experience, often resulting in poor organic engagement experiences and decreased delivery of learning outcomes. Comprehensive online training programs must follow three critical strategies within their eLearning software to promote an authentic learning experience. 

1. Flexible and Available Learning for Student Needs

Many participants in eLearning opportunities wants to work on the materials and requirements at their own pace. Due to busy schedules and work-life balance, 58% of employees prefer to learn at their own pace and, at times, in the comfort of their own homes [1]. Asynchronous learning plays a crucial role in achieving educational and training outcomes for nontraditional learners. Approximately 40% of eLearning consumers are over 25 years old, and 25% are raising children; another 64% are continuing to work while advancing their credentials [2]. The flexibility, availability, and scalability of asynchronous learning serve learners from all sectors and demographics, handling many responsibilities outside their learning or training requirements. 

2. Creating Diverse Peer Engagement

Videoconferencing and synchronous engagement strategies create disruptions to opportunities for participants to learn from peers and create a peer-based learning and professional network. Varied schedules cause missed opportunities, and learners prefer the flexibility of asynchronous collaboration and engagement tools designed to build peer networks; 95% of participants in online L&D programs believe peer collaboration is a priority in eLearning [3]. Additionally, participants who engaged in eLearning opportunities found improved engagement overall, with an increase of 18%; employees who participate in eLearning programs show an average increase in engagement [1]. Users may be across multiple time zones, making synchronous sessions difficult. With asynchronous materials and creating peer support groups, users can effectively build community in the learning environment [4]. 

3. Digital Learning Ecosystems Create Scalability 

Providing busy learners and professionals with efficient, flexible, and scalable digital learning ecosystems is a best practice when delivering asynchronous learning. Leveraging a powerful eLearning platform supports engagement, ease of use, and comprehensive solutions for learning and development needs. The Michigan Works! program implemented an advanced Learning Community Environment to deliver mission-focused development programs to advance the state’s economy. SaaS (Software as a Solution) platforms lead digital transformation projects within the eLearning market with a projected yearly growth of 18% [5]. SaaS platforms increase engagement, as 86% of organizations report higher staff engagement, and 39% of organizations noted improved business agility [5]. 

Amesite provides comprehensive digitalized eLearning and development solutions with advanced functionality, efficiency, and security to provide scalable learning solutions for diverse organizations. Partnering with Amesite provides: 

  • Advanced AI capabilities create cost-effective enterprise learning solutions. 
  • Comprehensive digital transformation within 24 hours with 24/7 responsive support. 
  • Flexible enterprise solutions that build employee networks improving organization success. 
  • Payment solutions with advanced security and more significant ROI, allowing organizational IT professionals to focus on other tasks.