We must create the right conditions for e-learning

Hulm, Carol
June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p10
Trade Publication
The article reports that the research carried out by the British Department for Education and Skills indicates that more than 90 per cent of all working-age adults do not have the minimum-level information technological (IT) skills that employers require of their staff. This means that 29 million people lack the basic desktop skills to do e-learning. This staggeringly high figure stopped the author in his tracks, especially since he had just received a document on e-learning strategy. If people focus exclusively on e-learning, instead of integrating it with classroom instruction and other-delivery methods, they effectively disadvantage the majority of the working population. It's a Catch 22. They don't have the IT skills to do the training primarily because they are in non-IT jobs. So, in implementing e-learning, people must be aware of the potential impact on existing staff who were recruited before the widespread adoption of IT. They must also be careful not to assume that the vast majority of potential new hires have basic IT skills when this clearly isn't the case.


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