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The Benefits of Online Learning

Online Learning, also referred to as e-Learning or Web-based training, has many direct and indirect benefits, both to the student and to the sponsoring organization.

12 Reasons Why e-Learning Can Be the Most Effective Form of Six Sigma Training

Online training offers many advantages over traditional instructor-led training. Motivated adult professionals find that Lean Six Sigma e-Learning is:

FLEXIBLE

Content-on-demand allows the student complete scheduling flexibility to start or stop the course at any time. The course can be taken in small pieces to aid retention.

ECONOMICAL

Online learning has a lower cost, both directly and indirectly. Travel expenses are eliminated, and natural business downtime can be utilized.

ACCESSIBLE

Online content is accessible for review as applications arise. Lessons can be revisited as needed.

FOCUSED

Students can leverage the time investment by skipping sections with familiar content and spending more time on more difficult material.

CONTROLLED

The student controls the pace of action. Studies of adult learning indicate that control by the student enhances the learning experience.

JUST-IN-TIME

With e-Learning, students can acquire skills close to the time those skills will be needed and re-train on forgotten tools or techniques.

RESPONSIVE

Online quizzes provide immediate feedback. Students can review quiz results and retry exercises whenever they wish.

INTERACTIVE

Virtual Discussion forum simulates class discussion in an organized, researchable fashion. Everyone has equal access to questions and responses.

EXPLORATORY

Exploratory learning is encouraged by links to related subjects, again giving the student greater control over course direction and opportunity to dig deeper into individual topics.

CONSISTENT

The message is consistent between all students. The variation in instructor quality is removed from the equation.

ENGAGING

Mixed media repeats the message in different formats to stimulate student interest and aid retention.

OPTIMIZED

Online learning can be combined with classroom instruction to develop a blended approach, which takes advantage of the best of both delivery methods.

Online training is effective training precisely because it delivers the Lean Six Sigma knowledge that professionals need in a direct, affordable, and highly flexible format. That's why an increasing number of individuals and Six Sigma deployments are turning to online training - because online training is Lean training!

Traditional Instructor-led Training is NOT Lean Learning

As practitioners of continuous improvement, we can look at instructor-led training through the lens of Lean Six Sigma to determine its effectiveness. Using Taiichi Ohno's seven forms of waste, we can examine the current state of the Lean Six Sigma live classroom model in the table below.

DEFECTS

Green Belt or Black Belts who can't use the Lean Six Sigma tools appropriately to complete projects; training re-work to re-train skills that did not imbed themselves.

OVERPRODUCTION

Training Green/Black Belts who don't yet have meaningful projects on which to work.

TRANSPORTATION

Unnecessary travel to physical training events.

WAITING

Delays in training initiation and project work while waiting for a class (batch) to start.

UNNECESSARY INVENTORY

Over-training a wider body of knowledge than that which is required by actual project work.

UNNECESSARY MOTION

Time spent in inefficient training activities that do not effectively build the required skills (over-reliance on lecture vs. active learning); class time spent covering skills that an individual has previously mastered.

EXCESSIVE PROCESSING

Using expensive instructor-led activities when technology could automate the process.

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