You might be looking for extra motivation or some real-life case studies to help others believe in online training. No matter the reason, these eLearning quotes will help you understand how important and beneficial online learning can be for any organization.
There are three main categories. Quotes from people who work in the online training industry, opinions from people who have tried and enjoyed the benefits that come with it, and eLearning quotes by pioneers in eLearning whose work will remain admirable for many years to come.
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eLearning quotes from eLearning experts
We reached out to eLearning experts to provide us with their take on online training. These eLearning quotes zoom in on the benefits of online training, especially for companies who want to equip their teams with skills to do their job better. Here it goes:
Simon Greany, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer at Elucidat:
“To unlock the true potential of e-learning to train successful employees, it needs to be people-centered. It has to be rooted in the day-to-day lives of people within an organization who are learning and growing as individuals, while also supporting them and making them feel valued. How do you get there? It starts with six fundamental pillars; be personal, respect time, meet clear goals, measure the impact, make it widely available, and deliver ROI. This is the most effective way to onboard new employees and to create enthusiastic learners in the workplace. It’s people first and everything else second.”
Erick Prospero from Ninja Tropic:
“Learning and Development teams are in the business of changing lives! eLearning allows you to do that in a scalable and measurable way. Whether you’re a small association or large enterprise, eLearning videos allow you to deliver the perfect training and story that resonates with your audience anywhere in the world or anytime they need access. Microlearning animation, as a visual as well as a sonic medium, is capable of embodying different emotions that empower and entice learners.”
Diane Elkins from Artisan eLearning:
“I was observing a classroom course to convert it to eLearning. Afterward, the instructor challenged me. Her words were polite, but her tone said, ‘How can your measly eLearning possibly recreate all the fabulousness of my classroom experience?’ I explained we could convert one of her activities so learners could type their thoughts about a personal experience. She perked up. ‘Oh, you mean they can type in answers?’ The moral of the story? It’s hard to get excited about eLearning if you’ve only ever experienced bad eLearning. Get out there and find the best examples of what’s possible.”
Mark Hayes, Head of Marketing at Kintell:
“The biggest benefit of eLearning is the utter lack of pressure. Because you get to set your own schedule and study only when you have time, eLearning makes learning not something you have to get over with, but something you look forward to! From experience, you learn more when you enjoy the process.”
Grant Aldrich, Founder & CEO of OnlineDegree.com:
“The reason why online learning is useful is that everyone learns in their unique way, at their own pace. People can be inconvenienced by attending a workshop and may get intimated by more extroverted participants. However, with online learning, employees can go through topics and soak in information at their speed. Elearning also allows taking the end of course assessments, which keeps participants alert. Some employees may even take more notes in an online setting than in-person, thus better retaining the information.”
Dr. Sharon Jones, CEO & Founder of The Dottie Rose Foundation:
“Online learning provides fantastic flexibility, among other benefits, and aids in making the task of arranging development opportunities far easier. In addition, the ability for users to have access to content when needed provides the just in time element that is so critical to corporate job applicability. Adult learners want learning to be specific to their job, quick and have merit, and using an online platform allows users to learn at their own pace and use when needed. It is a win for all.”
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Kassy LaBorie, Principal Consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting:
“Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) has incredible potential to connect people and create meaningful and immediately applicable learning. The trick is that it needs to be done well, and with a focus on the participant experience. My mantra for successful and effective experiences is to ask myself this every time I design and deliver: What did I just say or do that I could have let the participants say or do? Keeping the focus on them makes all the difference.”
Keith Phillips, Founder of realLINGUA:
“I can say from a decade of experience teaching online that great eLearning simply feels like great learning. That is, pedagogically speaking, if you’re successful in delivering eLearning, the learner won’t even be (nor should they feel the need to be) focused on the “e” part, they’ll just be focused on how awesome the “Learning” part is.”
Andrew DeBell, Training Consultant at Water Bear Learning
“Online learning empowers your employees to train with full autonomy and flexibility. It taps into the fundamentals of intrinsic motivation and allows each individual employee to control their own learning journey.”
Valeria Lo Iacono, Founder of Symonds Research:
“Online learning opens up opportunities for employees who are often otherwise limited. Consider staff who are physically challenged (i.e.in a wheelchair), staff who are economically disadvantaged and would struggle to afford travel costs, or a staff member who works remotely and misses out otherwise on classroom training. Online training is really something that potentially helps to level the playing field and is creating better learning opportunities.”
eLearning quotes from eLearning enthusiasts & implementers
Experts know what they’re talking about, due to their extensive experience and actionable advice. But what about first-timers? What do people who are not trained in online learning have to say? Keep reading for eLearning quotes provided by those with first-hand experience.
Catherine Wiedner, eLearning student at the University of Cincinnati:
“Online learning has given me the ability to have the best of both worlds (working full-time and going to college full-time) on my own schedule, and I can’t say enough good things about the program. I feel it has given me a lot of preparation for telehealth work, whereas I don’t feel the “in-person” would have given us quite the same experience.”
Ben Aston, Founder of DPM
“Online learning provides a standardized training platform that impacts consistency. Not only does eLearning offer flexibility for your employees to suit their schedules, but it helps everyone save time. Your employees receive the info they need, with key resources accessible at any time on the device of their choosing. By having a single learning platform, you can focus on providing the highest-quality education that will convert to consistent, quality output.”
Bobby Chernev, Founder of MarkInstyle:
“Online learning is the most convenient way to provide continuing education and professional self-improvement. Its value lies in the fact that it’s broader and more personally beneficial than company training. Providing your employees access to quality eLearning classes will re-energize them and provide a sense of growth. It will renew their ambitions to achieve more, and help them pivot their careers. My experience shows that employees who have had an opportunity to attend online learning events feel more satisfied, curious, initiative-taking, and productive in their daily tasks.”
Saurabh Jindal from Talk Travel:
“With eLearning, there is no constraint of having to attend training sessions at fixed times. For a distributed team like ours, with people in different time zones, it is difficult to choose one fixed time. Rather we have an online learning setup, which allows people to attend the training at their own time and volition.”
Halelly Azulay from TalentGrow:
“As L&D professionals, we should be insanely, innately, ravenously curious about our industry. This means we should be just as curious about the business for which we work, as the people for whom we advocate. This is the only way we move forward as an industry. Build-in creativity and curiosity into everything we do.”
Quincy Smith, Founder of ESL Authority
“Our reliance on online training for new and current employees has paid off in spades – not only are new employees onboarded and trained effectively, but they are introduced to the system we use to create and manage all of our processes and standard operating procedures. Having every task outlined in video or lesson form, complete with relevant documentation, not only makes their job easier but also helps ensure the work is done consistently regardless of the employee.”
Vicki Carayannakis, Director of Paid Media at Search Engine People:
“Elearning has revolutionized my digital agency’s employee development by providing a streamlined and measurable way to upskill and onboard employees. Traditional training programs hinge on the existing skill sets and rigid time schedules of people already in your organization. Since embracing eLearning into our training programs we’ve been able to inject our teams with new competencies and provide employees the flexibility of time and location to complete their training.”
Best eLearning quotes of all times
You might have seen those names before. eLearning gurus and pioneers who established the concept of online training have said everything about it. Each eLearning quote of the ones that follow is a tip. Read them carefully, and act accordingly.
Stephen C. Ehrmann, Assoc. Director for Research & Evaluation at University System of Maryland:
“Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.”
Dr. Bernard Bull, CIO & Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University:
“When it comes to the design of effective learning experiences, one provocative question is worth a hundred proclamations.”
Cammy Bean, Senior Solutions Consultant:
“People expect to be bored by eLearning—let’s show them it doesn’t have to be like that!”
Cathy Moore, Training Designer:
“The most important principle for designing lively eLearning is to see eLearning design not as information design but as designing an experience.”
Christopher Palm, Media Artist at Allen Interactions:
“eLearning shouldn’t be a casual joy ride on a Sunday afternoon with the cruise control engaged. The sole purpose of eLearning is to teach.”
Christopher Pappas, Founder of eLearningIndustry:
“When it comes to eLearning, content means everything. If eLearning content is not masterfully designed, all the rest will just go down the drain.”
Donna J. Abernathy, Former Editor of Training & Development Magazine:
“Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the new big thing.”
Elliot Masie, Education Technology Expert:
“eLearning is changing. And, we will see new models, new technologies, and designs emerge. So, let’s drop the “e” – or at least give it a new and wider definition.”
Dr. Jennifer Fleming, Associate Professor at California State University:
“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.”
Matthew Guyan, Learning Experience Designer:
“Think about what your learners need to do with that information after the course is finished and design around that.”
Patti Shank, President of Learning Peaks LLC:
“If learners think it looks bad, you may have lost a good percentage of the battle in getting them to pay attention.”
Over to you
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