How effective is eLearning?
eLearning can be as effective as classroom-based training. Often measured by students’ retention of course content, effectiveness is evident through these statistics:
- The average retention rate for an instructor-led class is 58%; the eLearning experience enhances the retention rate by 25–60%.1
- A higher retention of content is possible because technology allows for flexibility in individual learning styles.1
For courses that include psychomotor skills, course delivery in two or three parts effectively blends cognitive learning with hands-on psychomotor skills training. A U.S. Department of Education report indicates students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those who took the course through in a classroom setting.2 In a wide range of studies, online learning appears to be an effective option for professionals and college students.2eLearning Growth
- It is evident eLearning is here to stay and technology-based learning will continually evolve.
- The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) reports that the average organization increased use of technology-based training as much as 30 percent from 1999 to 2005.
- eLearning now accounts for nearly one-third of learning content made available3 and is the second-most frequent method used by companies to deploy learning.4
- Safety training ranks in the top three corporate uses for eLearning.5
- The U.S. ranks as the world's largest eLearning market.4 Learning technology and services revenue in the U.S. for 2008 reached $30 billion USD.6
- In 2009, corporations are the top buyers of self-paced eLearning products and services. By 2014, corporations will still be the top buyer. The highest rate of growth is in the healthcare segment.6
- Due to changing economic conditions 27% of learning departments report they are switching classroom learning to eLearning.7