The popularity of online learning has grown significantly over the last two decades. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began this learning style has gained even more traction. And with good reason. Online learning is very effective. With online training, you can rest assure your volunteers retain the information they’ve learned. Here’s why.
1. Reduces Distractions
Online learning allows volunteers to learn at their convenience. This means they aren’t distracted or preoccupied when training. Volunteers who are juggling a busy lifestyle can learn in “bite-size” increments. This gives them a chance to digest what they’ve learned.
2. Retain More Information
Flexibility is a primary benefit to e-learning. Volunteers have full control of their experience. They also don’t have to worry about dragging themselves to a classroom. They can log on to train mornings, lunch breaks, evenings, or even when on the go. Since they are likely to choose a time when they’re at their freshest, they’ll better retain more of what they’ve learned. Statistics suggest participants learn five times more material in virtual classes.
3. Learn More in Less Time
Studies suggest e-learning takes 40% to 60% less time when compared with classroom settings. This helps volunteers keep a healthy work-life balance. Which will ultimately make them better volunteers. Not to mention your people don’t have to travel to a facility to train. Instead, they can simply log on at a time that fits their schedule. No commutes. This means more time to focus on learning materials with a decreased time commitment.
4. Easier to Revisit Learning Materials
Volunteers have the ability to revisit videos and other multimedia to refresh their memories. Unlike a classroom setting where if they miss a training session or forget to write important notes down, they lose out. With online learning, they can log back in to catch up or refresh their memories.
5. Encourages Engagement
Engagement is a struggle for many organizations. But statistics suggest companies that use e-learning technology benefit. In fact, they enjoy an 18% boost in employee engagement. This means people are happier, more productive, and produce better results. In theory, higher levels of engagement would apply to the volunteer work environment as well.
Online learning is the perfect solution to keep disaster relief volunteers active and up-to-date. This method of learning is very effective. It also leads to higher completion rates and ensures training is current.
Disasters are unpredictable, but with online learning, volunteers will be ready when you call upon them when needed. As a result, your organization can be prepared at moment’s notice. Which, as you know, is so important in an emergency situation. Investing in online training, especially during a pandemic where people may hold back from volunteering due to virus concerns, can be the perfect win-win solution for everyone.