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Ask the expert: What elearning methods are best?


QuestionClive Shepherd, chair of the elearning network, gives some advice on the best way to deliver a blended elearning course.

Plenty of articles are written about the success of elearning methods and also about what the benefits are. Also, plenty is written saying the values which should motivate an elearning course to get the most from it. Despite this, however, little has ever been written on how to deliver a blended elearning course, methodically, with the best results rather than just saying how good they are and what they do for a company.
Adam Wigley

Clive ShepherdClive Shepherd, chair of the eLearning Network, replies:

The implementation of elearning is a huge subject and far more than I can cover appropriately in this response. However, the key steps are:

  • Aligning the elearning project with clearly-identified business objectives
  • Ensuring elearning is an appropriate medium, whether stand-alone or part of a blend
  • Identifying the key stakeholders (learners, managers, other trainers, IT, etc.) and working together with them to overcome their concerns and establish joint ownership of the programme
  • Promoting the programme, pre-launch, at launch and post-launch
  • Establishing processes to monitor the ongoing progress of the programme, overcome any obstacles and encourage completion
  • Evaluating the programme and learning lessons
  • I would particularly recommend the Towards Maturity site as an invaluable source for case studies of successful implementation and in-depth research.


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