Changing Tides: The Growth of Digital Education

by Eoin Philip Kelly | May 8, 2019 | Blog , eLearning , Online ISO Training , |

Changing Tides: The Growth of Digital Education

The tides are changing in the Compliance Industry and digital education (or eLearning) continues to grow in popularity. According to, projections show the eLearning market worldwide is forecast to surpass $262 billion by 2022.

When people ask me why I formed Comply Guru, I have a simple way of putting it since 2012, “I felt that I was working in Blockbuster Video, and I wanted to start a service like Netflix“.  Of course,  this is a broad & ambitious statement, but for me, it simply illustrated that I believed passionately that the direction training was going to take would change in the future in a way most can easily understand, and that I wanted to be ready and a part of the ‘revolution’!

In Ireland today, classroom-based courses are the dominant format (in Management Systems Training) and there are a number of very well-known and established training providers offering both accredited and unaccredited courses in ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and more. However, there are many disadvantages to this format:

  • Total Cost (including travel)
  • Time Lost Away from Home/Work
  • Inflexible / Inconvenient

In a recent study by covering three years from 2016-2018, the convenience and flexibility offered by online programs topped the reasons why students choose to learn online versus in a classroom (or campus). The number one reason was that ‘existing commitments’ in work and/or family didn’t allow for attending classroom-based courses.

Additionally, another interesting insight in the same study related to motivations for choosing online learning, and it showed that 69% of respondents made the decision based on career-minded factors.

The above study was based on US Students, but from my own experience in the sector over the last 13 years, I believe it closely relates to Ireland as well, but until now, there has not been any recognized provider of online or blended-based training courses, as nearly all the training available is classroom-based.

Comply Guru has achieved CQI and IRCA Approved Training Partner Status to offer customers the confidence of qualifications that are well-recognized in Ireland (and abroad) and is offering certified Online ISO 9001:2015 Foundation & Blended ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training Courses in Ireland. Plus, we offer a free Online ISO 9001:2015 Introduction Course to enable potential students to ‘try before you buy’ and see if online training will work for them, before signing up for any fee-paying course. Why not check it out!

The advantages of both online & blended training are:

  • Lower Overall Training Cost (no and/or reduced expenses)
  • Learning Anytime, Anywhere (less time in the classroom or away from work/home, complete training on your own schedule)

The overall cost savings including the flexibility and convenience offered by online/blended training will see digital education continue to rise and eventually become the number 1 format for training in our Industry, overtaking classroom-based training.

The Compliance Industry is after all, constantly changing with new or updated standards, new best practices, new or updated regulations, new or updated legal requirements and of all industries, is a perfect match for digital education to help one get the training they need and stay on top of the changes as they happen.

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