What exactly is an online learning hub? And what can you do with it?

Renate de Jonge

Simply put, an online learning hub is a learning environment without a physical location. Learning and training will be offered through a digital platform. The one who shares their knowledge, for example the teacher or trainer, is not in the same room as the one who takes in the knowledge, in other words the student. 

All learning takes place online. Through a computer, tablet or even a smartphone the student has always access to the study material from their own workplace or chosen study spot. Ideal, for we’re all busy.

Why online learning?

E-learning offers advantages for employers, students and organisations in our 24/7 economy. Employers can educate their employees in an efficient and affordable manner. Employees receive convenient trainings which expand their knowledge and skills. 

Various studies show that you remember substantially more from online offered learning material compared to classical trainings. This isn’t that strange. One of the great advantages of online learning is that you can decide to study the material when you’re focused. Do you stray off? You can easily stop and return to it later, or you decide to view the instruction video that didn’t stick with you again. 

The history of e-learning

The term e-learning was first used professionally at the end of the nineties. In the years after, e-learning became more and more popular, and today it’s one of the most used ways of training. The advent of the internet plays a big role here, which won’t surprise anyone. E-learning became hereby more flexible and more interactive. 

The possibility to integrate elements such as images, videos, audio and animations proved to be an excellent way to keep the students involved in the study material.

Learning Management Systems

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become more advanced during the past few years. An LMS is a software application which you use to give online trainings. Moreover, it gives clear insight into the progress of users. Organisations have received more possibilities to offer and monitor their own learning hub thanks to the development of LMS, and they’ve started to make more use of it as well. Meanwhile, we see a shift to systems in which you can create content yourself; the Learning Experience Platform (LXP). More on this can be read in our blog on LXP.

Wherefore do you use an online learning hub?

Implementing a digital learning hub in an organisation has become very easy and affordable to realise. People use e-learnings for several reasons. It can concern learning new skills or learning remotely. The accessibility and the ease the e-learning offers is huge. We’ll provide you with a few examples. 

Training of employees 

The online learning hub is often used to educate employees. For example, during the ‘onboarding’ process, in which a new employee becomes onboarded optimally. But also to improve achievements of employees in an efficient and easily monitored way. An online learning hub with a broad offer of challenging and interesting learning material ensures satisfied and well educated employees, from which the organisation will flower as well.

Compliance Training 

You want your employees to work according to the applying company policy. A compliance training using an online learning hub suits this ideally. It informs the employees in a quick and up-to-date manner on the regulations that are present on their role and in their industry. Subjects such as safety and sustainability can be included in the compliance training.

Training customers

Customer’s programmes help customers to understand your product or service and to use it optimally. This is a common type of training among software providers for example. Besides a good customer experience it also results in more involvement in your product or service and thus better customer retention.

Reseller training

A reseller training gives your partners, for example franchisees, the tools they need to work successfully within your network or formula. For example a product information training, sales training or guidance in the marketing and communication.