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The ABC of E-learning

3rd Jul 2017
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There are many good reasons to introduce e-learning especially in large organisations – but also many reasons why e-learning fails.

Of course, e-learning has its critics. Many e-learning “naysayers” complain about the lack of take up.  It can be difficult to persuade/ guide/ threaten staff to do an online course – especially if they are expected to do this in their own time or during work breaks.  Classroom based training is always easier to manage from an attendance perspective. You can see the “bums on seats”!

Often e-learning courses are poorly designed. Pedestrian e-learning is always easy to find but there should be no excuse for this.

The best e-learning courses encourage lots of learner participation, have rich content, use video, animations and graphics to keep engagement high. Let’s face it, few people learn by simply reading pages of text or instructions without any chance to take part.

Compatibility is another challenge.  Most larger organisations will have their own Learning Management System – they will host content which is designed especially for them but will also commission external content or buy “off the shelf” and as long as it is compatible with the LMS in question then this can be a cost effective way for companies to deliver training to their staff.

One of the major benefits of e-learning is, of course, consistency of content. All staff will have access to the same exactly training - which has too many benefits to list here.

E-learning can also be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere and – increasingly - on any device.

Research has shown that some people do not respond well to small screen elearning and prefer to learn from a laptop or PC. But for some the choice is desirable – for example sales staff or field based workers who are very time poor may prefer to access e-learning on an iPhone, tablet or similar.

Traditional classroom training may not appeal to everyone, travel may not be possible or in-house facilities may be limited.

Of course the cost advantage of saving on classroom training and associated Trainer and travel costs is clear – as long as the e-learning is effective, relevant and easy to use. Otherwise you may be spending less and achieving very little.

Other advantages of e-learning include the ability to cater for deaf or blind staff. Elearning courses should offer high levels of accessibility which remove any barriers to learning from these groups.

Track-ability is also an invaluable feature.  E-learning courses must have the facility to track user progress – not only from the learner’s perspective but also from the Manager’s perspective. This is vital when e-learning is used for compliance or mandatory training. If learner pass rate can also be tracked this makes it all the more desirable.

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By Shane eLamb
04th Jul 2017 13:13

Agree with what you've got here but most of the eLearning features you mention should be absolutely standard. Things like rich course content (inc video), interactivity, activity tracking, compatible across all LMS providers (SCORM compliant) - if these are not included then look elsewhere. Big organisations will benefit from much more advanced features like a multi brand LMS, custom eLearning content, and course branching - to allow tailoring elements/content of the courses by department, location, job roles, or any number of factors.

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