E-learning: Why France is Lagging Behind its European Neighbors
9 June, 2009
France stands well behind other European countries when it comes to company e-learning programs, according to recently published figures.
Although France’s legislative arsenal (VAE, DIF, CIF: official French state certification and training authorization plans) offers a wide range of options to employees who want to benefit from training programs in the context of their jobs, the e-learning aspect is overlooked, contrary to Spain, for example, where the governments sets aside approximately 8 euros for each e-learning module and learner.
In France, 24% of all employees declare that they have taken an e-learning course, as opposed to 47% in the U.K. and 51% in Spain!
Solutions adapted to companies of all sizes
The e-learning offer is now wide enough to target any type of audience that wants to profit from a training program, from the smallest SME to the largest international groups. Easy-to-use interfaces and rapid access represent real assets for companies that do not have their own IT departments, for instance. Paradoxically though, 49% of employees from SME (500 employees or more) have followed a tutored e-learning program and 56% a blended learning program (training that combines e-learning content with presential training). Yet in very large companies, these same figures drop to 41 and 49%, respectively!
Matching the offer and the demand
For French employees, quality e-learning programs should be based essentially on the real-life situations presented, on videos and interactive learning experiences, and on online evaluations.
The current e-learning software offer meets all these needs and, in addition, does not require advanced computer expertise. Virtual classes, LMS platforms, e-learning project management, software that designs interactive animated scenarios … there are numerous possibilities for using the software independently or as a complement to tailor-made e-learning programs.