The Federal Government has begun to adopt e-learning as a viable alternative to the traditional classroom learning environment due to cost and time efficiencies, according to global training specialists ILX Group.
Federal Government departments using ILX’s technology-led training services, courses such as PRINCE2, MSP, ITIL P3O and MoP, include the Australian Electoral Commission, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, AusAid and Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“Departments can save up to 40 percent on training program costs by using e-learning techniques over traditional training methods. Further, the advantages of e-learning include elimination of travel and associated accommodation costs and importantly its tailored relevance to each department,” said Michelle Phillips, ILX Group country manager for Australia and New Zealand.
“The flexibility that underpins e-learning allows delivery in a variety of settings. For example, it can be undertaken via apps on tablets and smartphones thereby catering to the mobility characteristic of today’s society. An obvious benefit is that it allows for delivery of training and reinforcement of content outside traditional working hours.”
Phillips noted that a flexible delivery model was better at maximising learning outcomes because participants could choose modes of learning better suited to their individual needs. Blended learning creates a “powerful learning platform,” she said, “that has great potential to translate into improved quality of project and program outcomes for those Federal Government departments involved.”
ILX Group is a UK company with more than 5,000 corporate clients across 97 countries. In 2010 it established an Australian office that now services several key clients in both the public and private sectors.