DiigoNotes - Why E-Learning is So Effective

Great points as to why eLearning is effective.

    • Why E-Learning is So Effective

    • Recently, I had a conversation with someone new to elearning and it struck me that she didn’t fully understand the value of elearning.  I think this is common as more people are joining the world of elearning.  Understanding elearning’s value helps you make the best decisions about when and why to use it. 

    • E-learning Supports the Organization’s Goals

    • Improved training costs.  Producing learning content is time consuming whether it’s online or not.  With elearning, each time the course is accessed your return on investment improves because you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses.  You also have savings through decreased travel, reduced material, and hopefully improved (and more efficient) performance.

    • Decreased material costs.

    • By creating the environment online and letting the learner practice, you never have to worry about the costs associated with set up, use, and clean up.

    • Increased productivity.  Because elearning is not bound by geography or time, you can control training’s impact on production by training people during down times. 

    • Standardization

    • Elearning allows you to create a standardized process and consistency in the delivery of content.  It also compresses delivery time.  I’ve combined elearning courses with facilitated sessions.  Elearning delivered consistent content.

    • Real-time access. 

    • Live learning events require that those who participate align their schedules to the training calendar.  Elearning eliminates this because the course can be accessed anytime, anywhere. 

    • The combination of multimedia and instructional design can produce a very rich learning experience that is repeatable.

    • Personalized learning

    • Elearning allows you to offer control to the learners in a way that classroom learning doesn’t.

    • Ongoing access to resources.  If you take a class in the real world and need a refresher, you better hope that you took good notes.  Otherwise, you’re out of luck.  That’s not the case with elearning.

    • Knowledge management.

    • If you incorporate some of the tools that allow collaboration and conversation, you can capture organizational knowledge that is available for future learners.

    • Encourage sharing.  The foundation of a learning community is built on sharing what you know with others.  This is where incorporating a forum or wiki really adds value to your elearning.  Depending on how the course is structured, you can encourage sharing of resources and insight gained from the course. 

    • Employer of choice.

    • Elearning is good for the environment.  Britain’s Open University’s “study found that producing and providing distance learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.”  

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Diane said…
I think you are correct. There are a lot of misconceptions about online learning. I have talked to a number of my students and they have described some very poor practices to me. Until, the design and delivery of online classes becomes consistently better, I fear this misconception will continue. However, there are signs that various quality initiatives about online training that seem to be helping. Are you familiar with Quality Matters?

Thanks for your blog.


Dr. Diane Gregory

P.S. I teach at Texas Woman's University and I noticed that you work in Texas, too.

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