As a start-up or small business owner, the daily commute of operations generally drains the lifeblood out of the best of entrepreneurs. And, these time-sensitive operations leave little time to enhance their skills set at an after- or between hours higher education facility.

Enter digital education options.

As we steadily move toward a digital world and more frequent engaging conversation takes place, its cousins – e-Learning and online learning – are not far off. So, just what are companies like Siyandza Skills Development meticulously developing in these areas? As we live in a fallible world, the terms e-Learning and online courses often get mangled. It is however important to note their differences, specifically regarding their benefits and features. It is only when you have a clear-cut definition of these concepts that as a small business you can recognise which one is better suited to you, as the owner and your employees.

Small businesses are generally intensively involved in operations management and seldom derive any benefit from innovations in e-Learning and online courses. This is unfortunate because these are the ideal candidates who would be able to innovatively implement this type of learning in their businesses. Cash is king in today’s world and it is also the biggest reason business owners put forward for lack of skills. However, it is common knowledge that if the small business owner is not on top of his or her game, growth is not likely. But, as a result of applying innovative digital aspects to education, service providers like Siyandza Skills Development have packaged affordable learning options for small businesses.

So, what is the difference between e-Learning and online learning?

Well, e-Learning is known to be the most cost-effective option for businesses with a limited training budget. e-Learning utilises creative methods and technologies to ensure small businesses (including their employees) acquire much-needed skills. The underlying teaching-aid is usually by way of online licenses which provide access to a training system which includes employee/student evaluation. One of the benefits of e-Learning is instant feedback. Others include a tailor-made learning solution with the onus being on the learner to progress and excel. As small businesses are regularly ironing-out operational issues, this kind of learning would specifically suit them.

Online learning is an effective alternative to classroom training and provides learners the flexibility to study at their own pace and place. The Siyandza Online Campus prides itself in offering an array of online courses tailored to meet small business objectives, in addition to be internationally recognised. Course are delivered via the Internet, with course materials being readily available online 24/7. So, if the learner is travelling it doesn’t preclude them from learning anywhere in the world!

Small businesses generally toggle between e-Learning and online courses because there exists different schools of learning. Those that prefer independent study, no classroom or travel to classes will enjoy online courses.

Whether it be e-Learning or online courses, as a small business owner it is imperative that you equip yourself with the necessary skills to promote business and growth and personal up-skilling.

This article was written by Siyandza Skills Development. Siyandza is a SETA accredited training provider that can assist any business with e-learning solutions. Siyandza also offers well priced online courses on the Siyandza Online Campus, an all-inclusive online training and learning centre.

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