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eLearning isn’t training


I recently attended a health and safety seminar and was astounded to hear one of the presenters announce that computer bsed training (CBT) isn’t training.

At the time I thought that this was a rather sweeping statement to make about a training medium that a recent survey by the CIPD showed over 50 per cent of respondents currently use and a further 39 per cent had plans to use in the coming year.

With experience, myself, in both face to face and eLearning delivery, this statement made me wonder if this perception of eLearning is a common one and whether it does have its merits in health and safety compliance and awareness?

Mike Stevens

Mike Stevens

3 Responses

  1. Nor is Bad Classroom Training
    I would propose that something is only “training” when the person takes away something and uses it to achieve something else. And I’ve seen some pretty dire instructor-led training that didn’t do that….and some even more dire H&S one-to-many briefings!

    But I’ve also seen some great e-learning in Health and Safety that has made what could be a dry subject interesting and has put it into the context of the learner’s role and gone some way to promote learning rentention and application on the job.

    And there’s good ILT that does the same too…so I suspect this speaker’s statement was either there to shock or they had not been exposed to good e-learning. Given the fact that I’ve seen countless companies migrate H&S training to an e-learning platform may suggest that this does provide a better return.

  2. What is training?
    The definition of training in the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning Glossary is:
    any planned activity designed to help and individual or group to learn to perform a job or task more effectively.
    This reinforces many earlier definitions along the same lines.
    On this basis many methods fall under the umbrella term of ‘training’, despite it being vogue to disassociate learner-led, workplace learning, coaching and elearning from this term.


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