Many industries are using elearning because of its general low cost and ease-of-use compared to traditional methods of training. In the corporate sector, elearning is usually intended for employee training, and in some professions for continuing education purposes.
No where is this most apparent than in healthcare.
Healthcare professionals are often required to take obtain a certain number of credits per year to maintain an active status. The type of course really depends on the area of expertise, but no matter which area of healthcare, elearning is used as one method for obtaining continuing education hours.
The infographic below, created by Nine Lanterns, gives an overview of how elearning is being used in healthcare.
What is quite apparent from looking at the graphic is that this industry invests heavily for custom elearning modules. Instead of using “off-the-shelf” elearning, healthcare institutions are opting to have their training 100% unique, which makes sense if you consider that the content of this training is often highly specialized.
Also worth noting is that elearning is hardly ever used as the only method of formal training, but instead is used to supplement live courses, or as a method for blended learning.
While you may think that costs are the reason elearning is being used so heavily in healthcare, the reality is that that the primary driver for elearning use is due to the dispersed workforce. Still, cost savings remain a close second.
In the future I think it would be reasonable to expect that elearning begins to take a larger role in healthcare training, but in the form of mobile learning. The healthcare industry is becoming less dependent on physical locations, so it makes sense that the same is true for the training.