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Commonly Asked Questions Related to E-Learning and Other Learning Technologies

E-Learning Versus Traditional Classroom Training: Which One Is Better?

The answer, imprecisely, is that it depends. E-learning (a structured course or learning event delivered electronically) and classroom training have their advantages and challenges. The right one for you will depend upon several variables, including the content, learners, and skills being developed. Some advantages of e-learning include that it can be taken anywhere at any time, has tracking capabilities, is highly scalable, reduces time away from work, can be less expensive, and can train dispersed groups. In the research report Next Generation E-Learning, respondents cited the need to better serve geographically dispersed learners, greater availability of technologies supporting e-learning, and greater demand for just-in-time learning as the top drivers influencing their decision to use e-learning:.

What Are Some Trends in E-Learning and Corporate Training for 2020?

  • Video: According to TK committee member Matthew Pierce, there are a few types of engagement with video, but they all lead to the same outcome: The learner will be more invested and will walk away having learned more.
  • Microlearning enhances learning and performance in the most efficient and effective manner possible through short pieces of content. Assets can usually be accessed on demand when the learner needs them. Many people find microlearning valuable because it can be consumed quickly while the learner is performing their job, which contrasts to longer in-person or virtual forms of training that they may need to carve out time in their work schedules to complete.
  • Personalized learning offers individual learners content, learning paths, or modes of learning to suit their specific learning preferences. This targets and addresses learners' needs more effectively than a uniform learning approach.

What Are the Advantages of Blended Learning?

Blended learning is the use of different training methodologies in one curriculum. It typically includes a combination of formal instruction (either classroom or virtual classroom training) with some self-directed support resources like videos, infographics, articles, e-learning modules, and more. One main advantage of blended learning is that it supports learning and skills development as a process rather than a single event. The additional support materials can be used as a reference by the learner as a just-in-time resource.

Blended Learning Tips:

  • Evaluate implementation on a small scale so you can adjust the program to meet specific needs and support desired outcomes. Mistakes on a small scale are reparable.
  • Identify goals and outcome requirements early so that you can make a plan to meet organizational goals.
  • Focus on learners' needs and fostering success. What do learners need within this new system to be successful?
  • Seek external expertise as needed. If you have internal expertise and resources at hand, use them; but don't hesitate to seek outside help. In the long run, doing so may save significant resources.

What Is Interactive E-Learning?

All e-learning should have some interactivity. Some common ways to make e-learning engaging and interactive include using activities, quizzes, video, scenarios, simulations, and games. The Building an Effective Strategy for Interactive E-Learning webcast teaches you how to create an interactive strategy for e-learning, including the use of story and scenario-based e-learning, and exploring various opportunities for incorporating gamification, social learning, and credentialing.