Educational institutions, corporations and non-profit groups continue to discover e-learning as an effective and cost-efficient way to teach students, employees and others. The Sloan Foundation noted that online learning increased 12-14% every year on average from 2004-2009, compared to a 2% per year increase in enrollments overall. Clearly with the predominance of the Internet and computers and a society that looks for ways to save time and money, Web-based instruction makes sense.
E-Learning can take place via:
- Pre-recorded digital media, such as a DVD
Internet courses may be pre-recorded and available in virtual time at a student’s convenience, or they may be taught by instructors in real-time with attendance expected during a set class time. In both of these cases, students may watch recorded class presentations again if they want to review them.
Training software recorded on DVDs may be sold or provided to individuals, and studied by them at their own pace and convenience.
The RTS Strategy
The RTS staff maintains the expertise needed to develop effective e-Learning materials. We employ experts in curriculum and e-learning development, and IT programmers proficient in a variety of software and tools, including Moodle. Moodle is a web application used to create effective online learning sites.
Whether you want instructional videos loaded onto DVDs and packaged as software or an interactive online classroom with all of the bells and whistles, we can develop an e-Learning solution to fit your specific requirements.
The RTS Support System
Many different types of businesses and institutions want to make use of e-Learning. RTS can customize a solution for each type of organization to fit with its unique vision and objectives.
1) Higher Education
Colleges today have the opportunity to reach a broader range of students by using Internet-based learning. Ambient Insight Research noted that in 2009, 44% of post-secondary American students took some or all of their classes online. By offering Web-based courses, schools may reach not only those living locally, but also students in all parts of the country, and even throughout the world. Working adults may especially benefit from the flexibility offered by Internet learning. What’s more, Wikipedia notes that students report they are as satisfied with online courses as they are with traditional ones, and possibly more satisfied.
Student opportunities for interacting in Web-based courses taught in real-time mirror those of traditional classrooms. For example, technology allows students to participate via icons that indicate activities such as raising a hand to speak or clapping their hands to show approval. They can also talk by typing text, and through a PC microphone. Professors may implement videos, PowerPoint presentations, websites, and audio instruction, as part of their teaching.
2) K through 12 Learning
Students, administrators and teachers in K through 12 schools benefit from e-Learning in a variety of ways:
- Specialized courses may be recorded once on video and shown to numerous classes over a multiple-year period
- Subject matter experts in one part of the country may record a presentation that can be shown within schools nationwide, either in real-time or virtually on demand
- E-courses may be set up for self-directed, interactive study by students at home
- Curriculum can include self-assessments and tests, used to gauge course effectiveness
3) Private and governmental organizations
Corporations, non-profits, and governmental organizations have discovered the effectiveness and economy of e-Learning.
Training employees can take up a considerable chunk of company budgets, particularly if staff members incur hotel, food, and other travel expenses while attending classes off-site. In addition to the expense, employees cannot attend to work priorities while traveling to and from the training location. By utilizing Web-based education or instructional DVDs, companies save money and make better use of their staff members’ time.
Employees may also watch e-courses at their own convenience, fitting the training in with other job priorities. And employers may benefit from additional cost-savings by using the same training for multiple employees.
RTS has the trained personnel and resources needed to effectively implement e-courses for institutions of higher learning, K-12 schools, and private and governmental organizations.
RTS works with your organization to select an e-Learning plan to fit with your objectives and staff or client needs. We then gather your specific requirements, create the curriculum and develop the course. We conduct thorough testing, and also train your staff to use the finished product. As with any work RTS does, we follow up to ensure your satisfaction.
For more information about how RTS can implement e-Learning for your organization, call RTS at (804)504-1423.