Offering e-Learning opportunities is a big change for many people and companies. This introductory quote is intended to set the tone for the presentation and encourage change. It directly relates to companies who have shown or are showing reluctance to implementing e-Learning.
Discuss the many benefits for both the company and the learners that e-Learning offers.
Discuss the fact that while the upfront costs may be greater than the traditional method of training, the savings will come on the back end. Once the course has been developed and it’s successful, the cost to continue the program is virtually non-existent.
Discuss the importance of evaluating the program in order to make improvements. Stress the need to identify what was learned, if it was effective, did performance improve, and if it yielded results (Rosenberg, 2001).
Discuss asynchronous, synchronous and hybrid methods of providing e-Learning.
Discuss the speed and availability of e-Learning – access to the Internet means access to learning when it is convenient for the learner.
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E-Learning offers on-demand availability which enables students to complete training conveniently and at a time which works best for them (Kruse, 2004). E-Learning can be self pacing which means that students who need more time have it, and quick learners are able to progress at their own pace. This reduces stress and improves satisfaction (Kruse, 2004). E-Learning increases confidence due to the availability of the material. This reduces the burden of responsibility of mastery (Kruse, 2004).
E-Learning “can lead to increased retention and a stronger grasp on the subject” (Obringer, 2010, p. 1). E-Learning combines various methods such as video, audio, quizzes, interaction, etc. to reinforce the message (Obringer, 2010). E-Learning also provides “the ability to revisit or replay sections of the training that might not have been clear the first time around” (Obringer, 2010, p. 1).
E-Learning encourages people retain what they learn more accurately and longer and they are better able to transfer what they learn to improve their performance (SyberWorks, 2010). E-Learning reports from the military, education, and industry show 15-25% increases in learning achievement (SyberWorks, 2010).
Costs associated with instructors salaries, meeting room rentals, and student travel, lodging, and meals are eliminated (Kruse, 2004). The reduction of time spent away from the job by employees is also greatly reduced (Kruse, 2004).
According to Kurtus (2002) the return-on- investment (ROI) for e-Learning can be 50%- 60% greater than for traditional training. “For every dollar invested in the training program it returned almost $8 after one year of use” (Kruse, 2004, p. 1).
According to Massy (2002) there are two important criteria to measure quality in e- Learning: ◦ Functions technically without problems across all users ◦ “have clearly explicit pedagogical design principles appropriate to learner type, needs and context” (p. 2).
According to Broadbent (2002) e-Learning can be offered via: ◦ Informal learning – a well designed website ◦ Self-Paced – web based program ◦ Leader Led – a facilitated online discussion ◦ Performance Support Tools – a wizard to help learn software Online training needs to be available and accessible for all learners in order for it to be successful (Rosenberg, 2001).
The speed of delivery and providing access to the information matter (Rosenberg, 2001). Without the necessity of speed, the Internet or intranet would not be as important (Rosenberg, 2001). E-Learning is accessible around the clock.
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