eLearning: How do we Know it Really Works?

The new FMCSA clearinghouse rule, which requires CMV drivers and employers to register their drug and alcohol violations on a federally mandated clearinghouse, is intended to improve highway and driver safety. As with any new rule, though, it's going to take some time for CMV drivers and employers to fully grasp the procedural aspects of the process.

Clearinghouse Navigator is designed to provide comprehensive assistance on how to properly comply with the new rule. One of the ways the Clearinghouse Navigator accomplishes this goal is through eLearning courses that are designed to help employers, medical review officers, CMV drivers, and substance abuse professionals follow the process. But why are we so sure eLearning really works? 

Science is on our side. 

What Science Says About eLearning

It doesn’t just feel like eLearning works, there’s actual scientific evidence to support the online learning method. Dr. Will Thalheimer, a learning expert, researcher, instructional designer, consultant, speaker, and writer, conducted a research study on the topic of eLearning and its effectiveness. His conclusions were clear: “When no special efforts are made to hold learning methods constant, elearning tends to outperform traditional classroom instruction.” 

This means that when comparing typical eLearning courses to typical classroom courses, eLearning comes out on top. Of course there are a number of variables at play such as quality of the courses, subject matter, etc., but with courses that are tailored to accomplish a specific goal (like the courses of Clearinghouse Navigator) the effectiveness should be expected to heighten.

What People Say About eLearning

We’ve established that science supports eLearning, but what’s the general consensus among the public? While there isn’t one single correct answer to that question, there are certain assumptions we can make based on the information available to us. 

One interesting statistic regarding eLearning comes from Shift Learning. In an article focused on the facts and figures behind eLearning, we learn that, “eLearning increases retention rates 25% to 60% at companies,” due to employees better retaining information, and feeling more comfortable with eLearning than with certain face-to-face training. If the statistics won’t convince you, try asking friends or family members who have experience with online learning. We’re willing to bet their experiences were positive ones. 

What We Say About eLearning

It’s no secret that eLearning is a significant part of our strategy at Clearinghouse Navigator. The eLearning courses, in addition to dozens of FAQs and useful, informative articles, are designed to assist all relevant parties in complying with the new rule. Our team of experts firmly believes that eLearning is an irreplaceable part of the strategy to convey information, especially when that information is detail-oriented. 

One benefit of eLearning is the fact that the courses can be tailored to meet unique needs for specific people. So far, in the year 2020, we’ve learned that there are many different ways in which people learn. Our courses at Clearinghouse Navigator ensure no one will be left behind.

If you’re feeling anxious about your ability to effectively follow the new FMCSA clearinghouse rule, it may be because you haven’t adequately prepared for it. The good news? It’s not too late. Visit Clearinghouse Navigator today to get started.