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E-learning could help plug the training gap in rural and regional areas

The internet and more recently, smart devices have opened up untold opportunities to connect, revolutionising the way we work, rest, play and learn. With over 80 per cent of all internet traffic projected to be some form of video by 2021,¹ the exponential rise of video training and e-learning shows no signs of slowing.

E-learning is the term used to describe systems of online education, where digital resources such as files, quizzes and video are used to educate, test and even certify competency.

“In the context of aged care, the benefits of e-learning include lower costs, greater flexibility, consistency and a more engaged workforce.”

Lower cost

Aged care providers are generally supportive of work-related training but often struggle to find budget or the ability to roster flexibly to allow employees to undertake professional development. This is particularly true for rural and regional areas.² E-learning helps solve this problem by offering an always-on training environment that is both cost effective and time efficient.

Flexibility

Promoting individual learning with e-learning resources makes the process of training flexible and easy to manage. Courses can be taken anywhere with internet connection, eliminating the need to formally schedule time for employees to undertake professional development. An added benefit is staff can also start and stop at their own pace without affecting their progress and multiple choice online quizzing provides immediate feedback.

Consistency

With a high proportion of part-time and casual workers making up the aged care sector,³ it’s critical to have a consistent, documented approach to how care should be provided to residents. Through e-learning, you can guarantee that everyone is exposed to the same information and individual competencies are objective and comparable.

Self-paced learning

We all learn at a different pace and e-learning respects this. By allowing employees to engage with content when and where it suits them, it leads to better learning outcomes. Of course, there will always be key learning areas that are better suited to face-to-face training. However, by employing e‑learning where that isn’t the case, frees up more time to focus on those critical points in face to face training.

Increased job satisfaction

By offering strong training and personal development programs, care organisations have a real opportunity to enhance employee satisfaction and retention. The challenge is to find the right time for training, to ensure caring and food service delivery is not disrupted. This is where e-learning offers the perfect solution.

SoupedUp Training is a complete online training solution tailored to the needs of care catering professionals. Our expanding library of instructional videos, quizzes and fact sheets are developed and delivered by industry experts. SoupedUp Training is the perfect way to experience the benefits of e-learning in your care organisation.

 

About SoupedUp

SoupedUp is Australia’s leading catering software and online training provider to the care industry. Our proven technology solutions save facilities on average 19 per cent on catering costs^, while reducing the risks associated with food service delivery in an aged care setting. To learn more about SoupedUp’s solutions visit www.soupedup.com

^ Time and cost savings based on an aged care facility of 80-90 beds, including subscription fees. Source data based on average time and costs spent by 24 facilities switching from paper-based system to SoupedUp Catering.

References

¹ By 2021, 80 per cent of the world’s internet traffic will be video

²,³ Aged Care Workforce, 2016



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