E-learning has transformed the corporate training model. Webinars, online orientations, whitepapers, digitally presented PowerPoints and other materials can be excellent places to find information and share it, but how do you ensure everyone has actually paid attention or personally completed the course? In most cases, legally, you may need to know your staff have actually attended and processed the information whether online or in a classroom setting.
Virtual proctoring is a process we’ve developed to help employers legally verify their employee is actually present and engaged with online training courses. Before the course is started, a photo is taken through the device’s webcam, and a photo of the employee’s government-issued ID. The virtual proctoring team then verifies the employee was present during the entire online course and completed the training themselves. Once a verification is made, a unique ID number is generated and sent to the employer so they, too, can verify the training was completed as requested.
Major items are flagged to ‘fail’ the user even if they technically receive a passing grade on the course. This includes items such as falling asleep, switching users taking the course or leaving the webcam view during the course.
What are the benefits to e-learning? It directly reduces costs and not just because an online course is at least 50% shorter in duration compared to a classroom program. Not having to pay for classroom learning sessions saves time, salaries, trainers, space, and materials. The cost of an online course is essentially the content development itself and the time of your staff, but you avoid the cost of people moving around, stalling the classroom course with chatter, and the cost of them getting to the space (travel costs/ food/ accommodation), alongside the reasons mentioned earlier in this paragraph. Don’t forget the fact that the content of the online course is consistent and does not vary based on the instructor.
73% of College Students Polled Admitted to Engaging in Deceit During E-Learning Sessions
While it feels as if it is common knowledge that not everyone pays attention to e-learning courses, a study can better illustrate it. In 2012, a survey of onlinecollege.org students revealed that 73% admit to engaging in ‘deceit’ while participating in e-learning activities, compared to 53% of students who admitted to ‘deceit’ while in a traditional learning environment. While those numbers are high for both online training and classroom training, the full-time video verification thru technology provides a leg-up for online courses.
Because of the legal requirements of staff knowing safety and company protocols, right to know legislation, and how to operate their position at work properly, you need to know your staff have attended and participated in e-learning sessions. Add in the ability for a user to revisit the online content any time or digitally access information thereafter for a big win with all employees.
What is the best way to achieve participation? By using software designed to ensure your staff are present and getting the right information. SET Safety’s virtual proctoring software can deliver on these goals with the precision you are looking for. With this leading technology, we are providing a high-end solution to this massive area of business – one with heavy legal risk.
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