Globalized eLearning ROI: Need-to-Know Facts for Instructional Designers

Whenever organizations are adopting new technology, products, or business processes into their day-to-day operations, employees require training and guidance to understand how to maximize the benefits of these solutions. Instructional designers are tasked with creating the tutorials and training materials that enable fast, efficient learning among this workforce. 

For large organizations working across multiple countries and languages, globalized eLearning is one of the most effective ways to quickly deliver training to a global workforce. However, instructional designers often need to demonstrate eLearning ROI potential to business decision-makers before the adoption of this technology gets the green light.

If your organization is resistant to implementing eLearning as a training tool, you need to build a case for how this added expense will translate into greater value and efficiency for your business. Here’s a look at some of the biggest factors impacting globalized eLearning ROI.

Reduce Time and Travel for Training

If your organization relies on in-person training across multiple business locations, it’s already spending significantly by sending valuable resources to these locations to train your employees. The human capital spent on sending trainers to each location, as well as covering their transportation, room, and board—along with any costs associated with the training—is a prime source of organizational waste when compared to the controlled cost of eLearning development and localization.

Facilitating training also takes time. Not only are trainers spending their time, but travel requirements and personnel management often make it impossible to properly train a workforce in a short period of time. And then there’s the issue of getting all of your employees in the same place at one time: if one or more of your workers are sick or absent on the day you offer in-person training, you’ll have to find another way to get those workers trained and at an additional cost.

As local workers wait to be trained on new business processes and solutions, the organization itself loses money on an investment that can’t start paying dividends until training can be completed.

Bottlenecks created by training delays can cause serious problems for organizations. If factory workers can’t get trained on new production equipment, it could limit the productivity of an entire facility—and potentially grind assembly lines to a halt. Meanwhile, healthcare organizations could be forced to delay the implementation of new apps or healthcare management solutions that improve patient care and optimize the use of hospital resources—a critical tool to enhance the organization’s capabilities.

eLearning courses can address all of these problems, allowing for training to be deployed quickly across an organization of any size, no matter how spread out your workforce may be. Training costs are reduced and kept under control, and accelerated training allows your organization to embrace agility and increase its productivity.

Improved Comprehension and Retention

eLearning has demonstrated an ability to improve information comprehension and retention among its audience, owing to several factors. One is the more engaging visual approach used by eLearning courses, which often offer interactive units to keep users actively participating in the learning experience.

Users are also able to go at their own pace in many situations, providing time to review information they’re struggling to understand. Businesses can integrate quizzes and tests into eLearning courses to review key information and even set a minimum score that employees need to meet before they can complete the training—and this testing and review can be conducted without taking up the time of other workers who have already completed the training. 

Meanwhile, when delivering training to workers in foreign markets, the translated and localized content in eLearning courses can ensure effective communication across this language divide.

Research suggests that eLearning courses are able to improve information retention by 25 to 60 percent, which means training isn’t just easier to execute—it also makes a measurable difference in your employees’ performance, which translates to better eLearning ROI for your company. 

When you’re managing a global workforce, globalized eLearning is one of your most effective tools for communicating new information and managing change across a large organization. With language experts working in more than 200 language pairs around the globe, Protranslating has in-depth experience localizing eLearning courses that help multinational companies maintain efficient operations across language barriers. 

Contact us today to find out how Protranslating can help translate and localize your eLearning content to serve your global workforce.

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