eLearningeLearning will be the only viable solution for many training needs in the coming years. Using interactive eLearning, companies undergoing rapid change can train all employees, regardless of location, in common "best practice" procedures in a very short time.

However, eLearning is more than static Web pages and on-line manuals. Our eLearning is based on valid learning objectives, synchronised voice-over and dynamic display of text, graphics, animations and video. Our AUTHOR system provides all these features in standard HTML/Javascript so modules will display on multiple platforms and browsers. You can learn more about the features and benefits of eLearning in the table below.

A wide range of AUTHOR eLearning titles have been developed to meet business requirements. These include simulation of hardware and software systems, banking and finance, retail product and service knowledge, manufacturing operations, company induction, road law and street knowledge, wool classing and occupational health and safety. Employees can be tested and their results automatically recorded and personal certificates printed if required. The multimedia produced can be delivered via CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, network or the Internet.

Technically and culturally, technology based training seamlessly integrates into the work environment with minimal disruption. Employees find the feedback on their performance motivating and reassuring and this leads to higher morale and confidence. Employees also appreciate working through the training at their own pace and being able to balance training with other work commitments. Managers appreciate that they can easily check employee progress and results via the Learning Management System. Managers also appreciate that employees do not have to leave the work environment to undertake training.

Features and Benefits of eLearning

FEATURES BENEFITS
Interactivity Immediate feedback
Integrates different media Appealing, interesting and relevant
Automatically score trainees Saves time
Self-paced Individual trainees needs can be catered for
Reach a wide audience Improves access to training
Convenient Reduces lost productivity
Facilitates standards Assures Quality Control

FEATURES BENEFITS

Interactivity

One key feature is interactivity. The trainee can interact with the lesson making choices, selecting answers and receiving feedback.

Immediate feedback

Immediate feedback motivates the trainee and helps them learn.

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Integrates different media

eLearning has the ability to combine text, graphics, animation, voice, music and video, as well as online content.

You may think that this sounds like a typical description of multimedia. In fact multimedia is a new name for an old idea. It's only recently, with PC hardware and software advances, that true integration of these media has become practical.

Although you can use audio, animation and video sequences in your training, it is not compulsory to do so. Very effective training can be developed using text, questions and graphics - a little imagination can go a long way!

Appealing, interesting and relevant

The ability to combine media can make the learning medium more appealing to the trainee and means that the most appropriate medium can be selected for a particular learning point.

For example, if a technical process is to be demonstrated, then an animation can be used to simply demonstrate the process and video can be used to show realistic details.

However, beware. The medium should never dominate the message. Slick effects should never be a substitute for sound educational design.

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Automatically scores trainees

You can automatically score and store trainees' answers to questions.

Saves time

This saves the educator considerable time and allows them to concentrate on other parts of the curriculum which require their personal attention.

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Self-paced

Multimedia training is typically worked through by one trainee at a time and a computer is infinitely patient.

So trainees can work through the material at their own rate rather then being dictated to by the demands of a normal classroom situation.

Caters for individual needs

Slower learners can take their time and repeat sections of the training while faster learners are not held up by the pace of others.

This makes your courses more usable by a broader range of learners. You can supplement the basic material with more advanced modules if required.

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Reach a wide audience

Your training can be distributed by CD-ROM or downloaded from the Internet. It is also perfect distribution on large networks or intranets.

The flexibility of distribution means reaching a broad audience, including those in remote and international destinations, is made easy.

Improves access to training

From the trainee's point of view, they can get access to training that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do.

From the developer's point of view, they can potentially recover development costs by selling to a wider market.

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Convenient

The training can be made available wherever and whenever a computer is available. This may be at 2:00 in the morning by shift workers at a manufacturing plant.

Training can, of course, be made available in the workplace.

Reduces lost productivity

Access to training is improved.

It can also reduce lost productivity as trainees do the training at the work site on their own schedule without the need to bring groups together.

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Facilitates the application of standards

Because the training is self contained and can be widely distributed, you can communicate a standard message to all trainees.

You have the opportunity to reflect best practices and the knowledge of all relevant subject matter experts in the training.

Assures quality control

Individual trainees, regardless of their location and other resources, have access to the standard practices that you specify.

The quality of the message is not degraded by the ability or knowledge of individual instructors.

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