You are not alone

Milne, Janine
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p42
Trade Publication
E-learning can be a lonely experience, so discussion forums offer an opportunity to exchange views or ask for advice. Both options would, of course, be pretty grim, but most of us would at least rather share the misery. For, while we all have occasional Marlene Dietrich moments when we want to be alone, us humans are in general a pretty social bunch. While it's great that e-learning allows candidates to learn in their own time, it needs to work hard to recreate the natural interaction of the classroom. E-learning can often be very lonely, says Vaughan Waller, e-learning consultant at TBL and chairman of the electronic learning Network. Professor David Birchall, director of research and educational technology at Henley Management College, agrees. Discussion forums, also known as bulletin boards, discussion threads and message boards, are a non real-time, asynchronous form of communication that can be a great addition to the e-learning pot. Discussion forums give people time to ask experts follow-up questions or swap ideas with fellow students, and suggest further reading. INSETS: Case study;Best-practice guidelines.


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