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Tool to determine if elearning is the way to go for a particular learning opportunity


There seems to be plenty of material about evaluating elearning for your organisation but picture this...

We have a huge undertaking coming up that will involve lots of training topics, lots of levels of people in the organisation (hierarchy) and a large number of people to train in the different topics. We already have elearning in place for specific training so the infrastructure is there and I know it works in the organisation.

Does someone have a matrix or weighting chart that allows me to pinpoint the particular training events that I could focus elearning on?

Any help appreciated! Karen
Karen McGinn

3 Responses

  1. Media Selection Tool
    If you can wait for this book to arrive from the States – only available via or, this is a useful book, complete with a comprehensive media assessment tool on CD-ROM.

    “The ASTD Media Selection Tool for Workplace Learning”; Raymond J Marx; ASTD (1999); ISBN 1-56286-116-6.

    It takes you through a systematic approach that covers all delivery methods from ILT to the new technologies.

  2. Delivery Channels are Content Agnostic
    I take the view that content does not automatically determine delivery channels or vice versa — though there are lots of people and grids that will tell you they do.

    I think that delivery channel selection should be based on on these drivers: Speed, Cost, Infrastructure, Policy, Content and Learner Base.

    You might find it useful to download a presentation I made recently on this very subject:

  3. Choosing e-learning as a delivery method
    If the new courses are being delivered as part of a wider learning strategy then there will hopefully be some kind of “Media Analysis” attached to the Training Needs Analysis. (If a TNA hasn’t been carried out then I would ask “How does the business know what needs training or what the outcomes are?) This Media Analysis considers the effectiveness of the media in devlivering the required outcomes. I do have a grid known as CRAMPI (developed from Meredith Belbin, 1969) which is a quick and simple way of identifying the most appropriate learning method to be used in a given situation. Its only problem is that it looks at e-learning from a somewhat restricted point of view. I would be happy to pass this on and discuss effective e-learning approaches if you e-mail me some contact details.


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