6 advantages of an online academy

Eva de Cocq

Vooral in deze bewogen tijden rondom de coronacrisis blijkt het belang van online leren. Veel organisaties stappen over naar een online academy in plaats van offline trainingen. Niet alleen voor scholen, bedrijven en overheidsinstanties is het belangrijk dat leerprocessen doorgaan. Maar zeker ook voor ziekenhuizen en andere zorginstellingen kan kennis nu zelfs van levensbelang zijn. Met een online academy kunnen leerprocessen, ondanks de coronacrisis, onverstoord doorgaan. Maar wat is een online academy en welke voordelen kan jouw organisatie halen uit een online academy? 

What’s an online academy?

An online academy is a digital platform where users, content creators and platform managers easily can follow, create or view learning processes. It’s a central place where employees can follow trainings, courses and studies limitlessly to develop their competences. In this way the organisation can improve itself. The academy will be filled with the suitable content by the organisation itself or by an external provider. The learning content will be online and is usually available through every device with internet access, such as a laptop, tablet or a mobile phone.
There are different ways to integrate learning via an online academy in an organisation. The organisation can choose for example to organise the trainings completely online. There’s also a possibility to mix online and offline learning forms, by means of blended learning. When an organisation wants to stimulate continuous learning it’s advised they also use microlearnings.

Advantages

An online academy can be the solution for big learning questions within an organisation. It namely has several advantages to implement online learning as a replacement or addition to offline learning. We will go through the advantages with you step by step:

1. Time savings

Trainers don’t need to give the same lesson multiple times. The learning content is made once and can be used limitlessly to train employees. An online academy makes sure employees don’t need to travel to a classroom to learn the material. This saves a lot of time!

2. Easy to adjust

The content of an online academy can be adjusted quick and easy with a few clicks. This ensures the learning material to be up to date and interesting for employees, and thus expands the involvement in the learning material. Moreover, it costs the content creators little time and effort to adjust the content.

3. Cost-saving

Extra costs for a training such as travel expenses our labour costs of a trainer will disappear. Users have access to the online academy from every device connected to the internet.

4. More flexible

Learning process can be designed in a much more flexible manner. Employees can learn independent of place and time. They can learn for example quickly and in between meetings when they’re in the train, instead of planning special time in their already busy agenda’s.

5. Decide your own pace

One person needs more time to comprehend and remember certain learning material, while someone else can already start with the next part. Employees learn individual and decide their own pace. The progress of the employees can be easily viewed by the managers in the online academy.

6. More interaction and fun while learning

By organising learning processes online, there are many possibilities concerning learning forms and methods. You can of course make use of text, but also of (interactive) videos and audio recordings. You can also think of using infographics or definitions cards. To make learning even more interactive, you can add offline meet ups to the online trainings, as part of blended learning.
In short: an online academy adds to the gaining of knowledge and the development of competences of employees. It raises the efficiency and productivity of employees and ensures better organisational results.

Who doesn’t want that?


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