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TrainingZONE’s theme for February: E-learning

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We've heard a lot about the limitations of e-learning, but exactly why have some organisations succeeded where others have failed? Kieran Levis examines the organisational causes of success and failure, in the first of four articles based on his own research into the development of e-learning internationally.

In his second article, Kieran Levis explains the pattern of e-learning adoption in different sectors.

In his third article Kieran looks behind the hype and the critiques to calculate how big are e-learning markets are.

Keith Duckitt, Head of ITC at the Learning and Skills Council, talked to TrainingZONE about the place of e-learning in national adult skills delivery.

Jon Buttriss looks at how e-learning has opened up learning opportunities for people previously denied them, and at how it is carrying forward social, political and legal developments.

Jim Flood looks at the practicalities of developing an e-learning credit transfer system.


TrainingZONE's theme for February: E-learning

What went wrong with e-learning?

We began our month of features on e-learning by asking you what you think are the real problems with e-learning. We weren't being negative, rather we wanted to find out how e-learning is really perceived and why. So what are the obstacles? What do you need to get past to make it a success?

Kim Coe compares e-learning with the dotcom boom and bust, and calls for simplicity and more attention to communication, to avoid following that pattern.

Brian Holley prompted discussion by exploring problems with design, and with the changing role of the trainer. Read other views too, and add your own opinion.

Peter Miles identified a lack of appropriate skills among tutors as a major drag on the progress of e-learning.

An e-learning consultant considers teh obstacles presented by upfront costs, learner resistance, hype and product quality.

Christiaan Heyning suggests that companies are leaping in before they know how e-learning can work for them, and ignoring the change management requirements.

Ken Stewart looks at whether e-learning should really be restricted to some subjects.


... and how do you get it right?

After highlighting the problems with e-learning, the obstacles, limitations, and failures to reach full potential, it seemd to be time to redress the balance. So we asked you:

  • What's the best thing about e-learning?
  • In what positive ways has it changed your working life?
  • What is the most satisfying thing about introducing and implementing e-learning?
  • How does it enhance your overall training strategy?
  • Are their training managers who already cannot imagine their roles without e-learning?
    Let's hear about some good e-learning experiences!

    Our features and discussions have already identified learning design quality as a major area of concern, so we examined this area in more detail. Piers Lea explains how content inspires engagement.

    Jim Flood looks at the design of e-learning in terms of objects and of process, and finds that there's more to it than assembling discreet elements of content.

    Stefan Lloyd looks at how to increase interaction in order to deliver a full and effective soft skills e-learning programme.

    Lessons about how to successfully introduce e-Learning are best learned from organisations that are already reaping the benefits. Kevin Young rounds up the top 10 tips for successful e-Learning implementation.

    In a two-part study, Don Morrison interrogates e-learning and blended learning strategies, and examines how to choose learning channels.

    TrainingZONE sat in on a session at Learning Technologies that explored the ups and downs of investing in a Learning Management System.

    Jim Flood describes three models for growing e-learning within an organisation.

    Christoph Michel looks at how local government can provide an environment where knowledge can be shared and used for continuous training to keep pace with today’s knowledge economy.

    Michael Bennison looks at how e-learning can extend its boundaries in combination with Action Learning.


    Members' responses

    A training manager answers our ten questions on practical experiences of e-learning implementation, and so can you.

    See the results of our poll: what's the most important issue when introducing e-learning? And discuss the poll responses.


    Lookng to the future of e-learning

    What are your predictions, hopes and fears for the future. Where do you think the industry is going? Tim Drewitt offers his views, as does David Anderson, Gary Whitfield, Xavier Bartlett and others. Find out what they see in the future and post your own comments!


    Previous e-learning features on TrainingZONE

    Piers Lea looks at the complexities and the problems involved in costing e-learning content.

    Learning Technologies Previews:
    - Howard Hills explores collaborative learning and preferences for it.

    - Andy Wooler of Royal & Sun Alliance considers the place of e-learning in corporate training today.

    - Charles Gould and Lars Hyland of Brightwave give their views on what the future holds for e-learning.

    Looking back: 2002 - the year in e-learning.

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