e-Learning Solutions for Employee Travel Security Awareness
How can an e-learning program help employees to create security awareness for their business trip; no matter if they go to a European destination or a high-risk area.
It is the day that never should have come: The company’s staff posted abroad takes a heavy blow – extortion, kidnapping, natural disasters, demonstrations, data theft, accidents, intercultural conflicts, epidemics. The daily news reports harrowing crises. Globally, a growing level of threat is observed. At the same time, cost pressures for businesses are steadily increasing. Still, they must comply with their duty of care. Among other things, this includes that through professional travel preparation, affected employees must verifiably be informed about possible risks in the country of their destination and be trained on how to behave in dangerous situations. But in the face of increasing globalization, big corporations operating in many international locations ask themselves how they can train their employees according to their needs. Different types of e-learning are among the most economical possibilities to comprehensively and consistently raise staff’s awareness for the issue of travel security and to prepare them in the best possible way.
e-learning (electronic learning) includes all forms of learning where electronic or digital media are used for presenting or distributing learning materials.
Web-based and computer-based training applications in particular are among the most commonly used types of e-learning.
Many companies have now discovered e-learning for the development of their staff. Company-wide training efficiency is increased through the use of modern forms of learning. At the same time, the awareness factor across the company is enhanced by a standardized level of knowledge for all employees and their motivation and satisfaction are increased.
Security awareness refers to a focused, active, inner awareness relating to the perception of security-relevant factors.
But how do e-learning tools help businesses? Which companies can implement them and which employees benefit from them? What can e-learning tools provide that previous learning methods could not and how much do they cost?
First of all, basically any company and any employee can use e-learning tools. They are there to transfer knowledge to the user effectively and simply. Any company can benefit from this learning method and the tools that e-learning provides. On the one hand, the employer gets better-qualified employees, on the other hand, he doesn’t have to factor in a great loss of time due to the employee’s absence. This is because the different e-learning tools enable training to be done directly at the employee’s desk and PC.
Anyone, anytime, anywhere – these three keywords summarize the most important advantages of e-learning. Learning independently of time and place and independently accessing learning contents – that is what makes e-learning so attractive for companies compared to conventional learning and training methods. Internet-based learning environments allow dynamic, flexible and up-to-date publishing of learning materials, which can be conveniently interconnected. This ensures that the right information is available to the right persons at the right time. From a business perspective, this method demonstrates the high efficiency of e-learning in the company. The range of e-learning tools on the market is versatile and through its digital design options also suitable for barrier-free use.
A further point in favor of using in company internet-based learning methods is the great potential for saving costs. E-learning solutions can also substantially reduce expenditures for conservative training and educational measures.
E-learning content varies from vendor to vendor, depending on the specialization and area of interest. Some vendors sell e-learning for general security issues, security training for individual countries or for specific target groups. The content can be designed in a way that enables step-by-step learning using a PC, notebook or tablet. Individual chapters can be reviewed at any time and open questions can be answered by experts. Students work at their own pace and according to their own learning capacity. This kind of training is interesting in particular for companies that want to educate their employees in a targeted and efficient manner.
What is important is the professional and media quality of the content, as well as the teaching techniques used. The approach of an e-learning course is to merge innovative learning techniques in combination with technology in order to educate learners at a relatively low cost. Firstly, a wide range of media enables the quick and easy selection of the desired educational focus. In addition, this type of knowledge transfer leads to a high knowledge acquisition. E-learning represents a learning process in which technology is not only a simple tool, but also an essential part of the learning method itself. It is used for the preparation and follow-up of the course material, as well as for the delivery of the lessons themselves.
In the Internet age, e-learning can be seen as the educational form of the future. This development towards the use of multimedia methods follows the trend of recent years. The less the learner is aware of the form of knowledge transfer, the easier the processing of the learning material becomes.