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Using e learning for management development


Has anyone used e learning for management development , for example, Certificate & Dploma iin management, BTEC etc. I would be interested in any comments on this.
Gill Wright

3 Responses

  1. Learning objectives

    If you are looking for e-learning to suport qualifications then it’s important to look at the learnng objectives for both the qualification and the proposed e-learning solution. Provided the e-learning is built around a competency framework, or has behavioural objectives which underpin the competencies addressed by the qualification it can be a very useful and effective learning method.

    It is worth considering how people will put their learning into action. This isn’t a specific e-learning problem, but one facing many qualification based management development programmes which can encourage participants to ‘check all the right boxes’ to gain the qualification, but make no change to the way they behave at work.

    A blended solution is often a good route to consider. The e elements can be used to provide knowledge input, with workshops and coaching sessions focussing on role play and action planning. By using e-learning completion as a pre-qualifier for entry into workshops you can be sure of the learners’ commitment to development and run workshops from a shared level of knowledge.

    I hope this helps.


  2. Management Training elearning
    My take on this is from a elearning developer’s point of view. As you want your training to carry some recognition from an awarding body I would recommend Edexcel as a starting point, we have worked with them to produce the Cerificate in Management Studies elearning course which was based on an in depth analysis of management training needs, and designed around the CMS syllabus. As a modular course it allows people to explore their particular interests / sprecialisation / need. It would at least provide a starting point for your comparative review of what is available.

    Sometimes an off the shelf-programme doesn’t exactly match your requirements, and the answer depends on whether this training need is for PD (either wholly or partly) or to meet an organisational need. The answer can be to ask a supplier to modify an off the shelf product to fit, or develop a new programme – perhaps scenario driven with links to new or extant f-2-f provision. Learnig is reinforced when the learning environment matches the environment that you are going to apply the new skills/knowledge in.

    Good Luck.

  3. ILM accredited e-learning certificate in Management and Leadersh
    Borders College developed a very successful model in 2002/3 for working with a composite group from several local SMEs in a combination of seminars, e-learning modules and online assessment. This was written up as a case study you might like to read by the developer.


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