E-Learning / Distance Training Courses

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Online courses are often offered under the categories of distance learning, home study or flexible learning and the course content is provided as e-learning which utilises electronic technologies. It is one of the most popular study modes for people looking to further their skills, or gain a qualification alongside their careers and private lives. It is an area that has seen significant growth as the benefits to learners, organisations and software companies become obvious.

Please note the locations shown below represent all locations of the providers. The training providers may not offer the course you are looking for in all of their training locations.
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3gHR Multiple (3)
Academy Class Multiple (9)
Accounting Training College Devon
Adept Dubai
Advanced Management Services (UK) Multiple (2)
AIIM Multiple (14)
Amadeus Software Limited Oxfordshire
Anglia Ruskin University Multiple (2)
Answerformula Multiple (2)
Apis Training Multiple (9)
Aquarius Training and Development Partners Ltd Multiple (2)
Armada Occupational Safety and Health Ltd Multiple (14)
Aston Business School Birmingham
Astutis Ltd Multiple (21)
AZENTIAN Multiple (2)
Benchmark Training Multiple (4)
Berlitz UK - London Multiple (8)
Blueprint Education & Training Services Multiple (2)
BPP Professional Education Multiple (19)
Bradley Environmental Multiple (17)
Brentwood Open Learning College Leicester
Brighton School of Business and Management Brighton
Brightspark Marketing Multiple (2)
British Safety Council Multiple (4)
BSI Training Multiple (25)
BSY Devon
Business Analysis Excellence Melbourne
Business Consort Ltd. - Digital & Social Media Academy Multiple (6)
Business Qualifications South Yorkshire
CAD Training Online
CADline - CAD and Autodesk Specialists Multiple (11)
Centre of Excellence Online Ltd
Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Multiple (4)
Chartered Institute of Marketing Multiple (6)
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals Multiple (34)
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Multiple (13)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Multiple (7)
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management London
Childcare College London
CIPD Training Multiple (23)
Claims Class Multiple (7)
Claudius Consulting Multiple (2)
CLT Paralegal Multiple (3)
CNN Training Multiple (18)
Coaching for Change Multiple (11)
College of Media and Publishing Chichester
Concise Training Oxfordshire
ContentETC Multiple (4)
CP Training Consortium Multiple (10)
CrossKnowledge UK London
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What are online courses?

Online courses, or e-learning, uses information and communications technologies to provide innovative ways to learn. It is often used interchangeably with Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) although the latter covers a broader area that includes technology enhanced classrooms and learning with technology.

Online learning is a recognised form of learning and one can earn diplomas, certificates and degrees through these programs. It has been embraced by traditional education institutions and many of them now have e-learning interventions available to their learners.

E-learning utilises various other media to enhance the learning experience and to enable efficient communication between students and tutors. These include:

  • Printed materials such as manuals, books, etc.
  • Video conferencing
  • Online forums
  • Online information
  • CD's and DVD's
  • Email

Benefits of taking online courses

Online courses gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace and from wherever you choose. A wide range of courses are available online and are generally not limited to any specific start dates or durations. The learner benefits from acquiring new knowledge and skills while limiting the impact on their professional and private lives. Organisations benefit because their employers receive the required learning without leaving their place of work for extended periods of time. There is therefore minimal impact on the business and its outputs.

Online courses are often, although not always, cheaper than equivalent classroom courses. Some of the reasons for the reduced cost can be attributed to savings related to classroom facilities, catering, printed material, travel, accommodation and a dedicated lecturer. E-learning also scales well in the sense that once it's created, it can be distributed to an infinite number of learners without significantly impacting overhead.

A further benefit is the borderless capability of e-learning. Thanks to e-learning, courses can be offered to people across the globe often reaching individuals who would have found extreme difficulty in taking classroom courses.

Online courses are also a very good way of supporting widely distributed software. Think of Photoshop or Microsoft Word as examples. People can become proficient users of these applications just through completing online courses. The benefit for the learner is obvious in that they get to enjoy economic and personal value in learning these applications. A major benefit for the software companies is that they can distribute their applications as widely as possible taking comfort in the fact that their consumers will take responsibility for their own learning.

Using electronic media for learning is becoming more and more valuable and practical. It enables a much further reach for companies that provide the training and it also makes it possible for remote individuals to acquire knowledge and skills. Training solutions are becoming ever more elaborate and with the emergence of virtual reality (VR) one could expect a giant leap in this area in the near future.