E-learning has more fans than we thought

Shepherd, Clive
June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p29
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the e-learning. The news emanates from two major surveys that suggest the unthinkable: that ordinary employees of major organizations actually like e-learning. They like it enough to do it again and again, and to recommend that others do the same. E-learning was not meant to be like this. People know that, during the dotcom frenzy, e-learning was horribly oversold. The content wasn't up to scratch, the platforms weren't ready, and learners were expected to be totally self-sufficient. Needless to say it didn't work, much to the delight of those trainers who had been told their days were numbered. E-learning providers went away to rethink; break away from their behaviouristic learning models, to see how e-learning could be properly integrated with other training methods, and to ensure proper support for those engaging on e-learning courses. Some progress has obviously been made, because at last people are beginning to see some positive feedback, but not necessarily where they were expecting it. Most trainers would admit that, when implemented well, e-learning is a highly flexible medium, providing access to learning materials, tutors and other learners wherever and whenever one wishes.


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