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The lie of online learning?


In an article in the February issue of Training Magazine, published online by TrainingSuperSite, David Zielinski questions the adverse impact of online learning on employees' time.

"Paul Reali wants online-learning proponents to lay all their cards on the table. He contends that cost-conscious managers who cite enormous savings as a key reason for championing these learning initiatives are not telling the whole story.

Sure, moving training from the classroom to the Web can mean reduced travel costs, less learning time away from the job, and certainly lower delivery costs. But most corporate training doesn’t require travel, says Reali, president of CyberSkills Computer Training Centers in Winston Salem, NC. And, he points out, no valid study has yet shown that online delivery significantly reduces learning time—actual time spent mastering a skill or acquiring knowledge—compared with instructor-led training of similar quality."

He goes on to argue that the time 'savings' may actually be at the expense of the employees' own time.


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