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How effective is e-learning?


As I have been working with training providers and internal company training divisions, my knowledge of the training sector has opened up an interesting question.. How effective is e-learning??

My company provides a technical print solution, so I may be classed as bias, but my question is still a relevant one. Speaking with trainers that use the e-learning medium, most have a common foible.. How confident are you that your delegates leave with a full understanding of the information you have given them?

There is the automatic defense of "oh, but we email them a copy of the training presentation to read", or  " we supply a cd with the material". Or there is always the "we use Ipads to do the training", and however cost effective this may seem to be, how many delegates have the chance to fire up an email to look back at your material when needed, or can even be bothered to sit at a PC / Laptop and read through presentations.

Although we are surrounded by technology to access information, it seems that we still prefer to read a workbook

This is is just an observation, but I would be interested if you agree or not. Please feel free to message me with your thoughts on this.

2 Responses

  1. The medium is not the message

    E-learning can be just as effective as classroom instruction, if designed properly.  Just giving someone a copy of your presentation or emailing someone a pdf to read is not "e-learning".  I've seen lots of materials placed online and slapped with the "e-learning" label in the interest of recycling what has already been developed.  At times, even marketing materials are recycled this way.  E-learning involves the performance of some skill or activity in an online environment, and clear feedback on the performance.  Rinse and repeat.  Think of the role of flight simulators, though your budget might be a wee bit smaller.  Information is just that, whether printed or placed to online for you to download- in and of itself, it is not "e-learning".

    Alex Santos
    Managing Member
    Collabor8 Learning, LLC

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