Online CPD training is becoming one of the most popular alternatives to traditional learning methods. The continuous improvement and convenience of eLearning technology has significantly helped the growth of online learning, and the initial doubts of its effectiveness as a training method have weakened in the face of evidence showing that online CPD can be just as effective as face-to-face methods.
Benefits of online CPD training
Working professionals with limited available time have found many benefits to the flexibility provided by online CPD training courses. This article outlines some of the simple benefits and advantages that online CPD and eLearning can offer to both the individual and the CPD provider.
Advantages of online CPD
Online CPD training courses can be comparatively low cost and a more affordable option than traditional learning methodologies. There are no commuting costs for delegates or the trainer, and often course materials such as textbooks and handouts can be made available for free online, a significant advantage for those trying to learn on a budget. Online CPD training can be delivered time and time again with relatively low ongoing operating expense once the initial eLearning has been created. Many of the elements of online CPD can be automated to streamline the process and reduce time wastage.
Comfortable learning environment
Another benefit of online CPD is that it can provide a more comfortable learning environment for many delegates. There are no physical classrooms and learning materials can be electronically sent to professionals, who will then read them in their own comfort. Many of the stresses around learning are removed, such as leaving work early, fighting traffic, finding parking spaces, and missing any work deadlines for projects.
Online CPD training courses enable shyer and more introvert individuals to participate in class discussions or chats with more comfort than face-to-face class sessions, and concentration can improve as there are fewer distractions from others in the training classroom.
Flexibility and Convenience
Online CPD training courses provide both flexibility and convenience, allowing an individual to plan their learning around their other work priorities, instead of the other way around. Professionals can study at their personal optimum time, whether early in the morning or late at night. Training course materials are always accessible online through a log-in portal, and so there is less need to schedule a 9-5 time to learning. Online CPD learning has great benefits to those professionals who need to balance their work and family commitments more rigorously.
How to record your online CPD effectively
A common question we received is how do I record my CPD effectively? We have found that one of the simplest and easiest tools to use is called the CPD Cycle. The CPD Cycle stages are a simple set of logical and systematic steps to follow, with five key stages that are important when planning your Continuing Professional Development learning activities for the year.