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e-Learning & the Future Role of the Training Practitioner


I am currently completing my Masters Degree Research project The research will explore the effect which e-learning has had upon the role of the Organisational Training Practitioner.

I have created an on-line questionnaire to collect current opinion and knowledge within the Training community. I would really appreciate it if you could contribute.

Also if you have a current role profile for an organisational trainer, I would very much like to see a copy (all details of this research will remain confidential)

Thankyou, Kate :-)
Kate Wilcock

3 Responses

  1. I welcome discussion on this forum also
    Thankyou to everyone who’s completed the questionnaire so far (your responses are really valuable and are providing soem really interesting data).

    I’d welcome a discussion on this forum also so that everyone can benefit from this debate (although I will provide a summary of my findings in early 2005)


  2. Interesting survey
    Your definition of e-learning as: “the use of technology to manage, design, deliver, select, transact, coach, support and extend learning (of all kinds)” correlates closely to the definition I penned for ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) back in the late 1990’s. I have since realized how inadequate it is because “technology” includes just about everything — not just overhead projectors and VCRs, but chalk-boards and light bulbs. The “e-” in common usage really means internet-related, which is a much more specific field of technologies. But even then, you are talking about a vast field of potential learning experiences.

    Your question “What do you see as the role of the Training Practitioner in 2006 /2007?” prompts some thoughts, though it may be wishful thinking:
    In 2007, IT people will have the technical skills and responsibilities that trainers have now (inadequately) assumed. Trainers are facilitators of experience sharing and knowledge transfer processes. They architect learning experiences that improve individual, team and corporate performance. They invoke any kind of technology when appropriate, in whatever form is best suited to achieving their learning objectives. The narrow-minded tunnel-visioned online-course obsession phase is over. The role of the training practitioner, in other words, is what it always used to be. In 2007, “e-learning” as an expression is no longer used.

    Godfrey Parkin

  3. e-Learning & the Future Role of the Training Practitioner
    Hi Kate, just a quick comment from me: I’ve been producing e-learning content for as long as e-learning has existed, and one fear I’ve seen over time from trainers is that putting trainers’ content online will degrade the value of the trainers themselves, eventually putting the actual content experts out of business since their assets can be replayed online. I see the exact opposite being true. In an environment where training is available online, the demand for such content has been increasing exponentially, also increasing the business for the trainers that have embraced it. I’ve seen every time that those trainers who embrace the technology to put their own content online and distribute it will not only be seen as cutting-edge industry leaders, but will be available to an audience never before serviceable, not to mention creating a residual income streams previously only available to major authors. And in a time in the industry where easy-to-use tools are available for trainers to create courses themselves, bypassing the need to pay someone like me, there’s no reason why every training practitioner shouldn’t be jumping on the e-learning movement, even if just to test the waters. So, those are my brief comments on e-Learning & the Future Role of the Training Practitioner from my end of the industry 🙂

    Sean Higby
    [email protected]
    Head of Development
    Learning Pipe – Online Learning Made Easy


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