22 Nov 2010
ILX Is Poised To Reap The Benefits Of Increased E-learning Awareness
E-learning is fast becoming the preferred training method for Australian employers, according to a new government –funded survey released in recent weeks.
The 2010 E-learning Benchmarking Survey, conducted annually by the national training system’s e-learning strategy - the Australian Flexible Learning Framework - saw a substantial increase in the use of e-learning in vocational education and training activity (VET) in comparison to the first survey undertaken in 2005.
The survey, based on responses from nearly 4000 employers, registered training organisations (RTO’s) and VET teachers, showed that 43% of all VET activity now formally involves e-learning (on average across all states/territories and provider types). This continues an upward trend which has seen e-learning grow from around 8% of all VET unit enrolments in the first survey in 2005.
Employers are increasingly turning to e-learning in both formal and informal training for their employees, and are taking advantage of the flexibility it provides, with:
- 50% of employers surveyed now using e-learning as part of the training they provide to their employees.
- 60% of employers expecting their use of e-learning in provision of training to employees to increase over the next two years.
- 85% of employers saying that they would encourage their employees to use e-learning if it was available.
The Survey demonstrates that Australian employers’ awareness of e-learning has significantly increased, as well as raising their expectations of RTOs to be flexible with the provision of their training.
Flexible, computer-based training solutions is a field in which ILX excel. The group, one of the world’s largest information technology training organisations, specialise in providing tailored e-learning to both organisations and individuals alike in the fields of Project Management and IT Service Management, and produced the first ever accredited PRINCE2 e-learning course available on the market.
Glyn Davies, Product Development Manager for ILX Group said:
"Effectively we are taking the best bits from a traditional classroom model - looking at the ways people learn and the learning process, before making it work in an e-learning environment. As a result, our clients have found greater success with the e-learning method as staff enjoy the learning process more."
Despite the obvious quality of ILX’s e-learning products, the Survey did find that one of the greatest challenges facing ATO’s is communicating the method as a quality learning tool in its own right – the current driving force behind the increased uptake of e-learning is largely down to reduced costs and the convenience of the training.
As well as ILX’s stand-alone e-learning packages, the ILX can also offer the flexibility of bespoke training ‘portals’; providing a company or organisation with a specific online ‘learning zone’ allowing them to train an unlimited amount of staff under licence, whenever and wherever they’d like. The ability to offer this degree of flexibility, coupled with ILX’s superior products, has led to great success for the company since focusing on the Australian market at the start of 2010.
ILX Group Australia’s Country Manager Michelle Phillips commented:
"Exercises such as the 2010 E-learning Benchmarking Survey can only help raise awareness of the benefits of using e-learning as a successful business strategy."
"ILX Group pride ourselves on the quality and choice of our products – the recent Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) endorsement of our PRINCE2 and MSP e-learning course is testament to this – and we shall continue to work hard to develop innovative, effective computer-based training to keep up with the demand and expectations of the market."
Notes to Editors
The Australian Flexible Learning Framework is collaboratively funded by the Australian Government and all States and Territories, and has conducted the E-learning Benchmarking Survey annually since 2005. The Survey highlights the latest e-learning trends and attitudes in VET, and allows participants to benchmark their own e-learning activities at a national, state, industry and provider level. The 2010 survey results were launched at the 2010 AUSTAFE Conference in Sydney in October.
For more information visit www.flexiblelearning.net.au.