I’ve recently joined a group on Ning called Work Literacy, which is talking about the convergence of eLearning and social networks. It is started by Michele Martin, Harold Jarche, and Tony Karrer. An All-Star eLearning team and bloggers, since I joined the group, it really became apparent how technology is rapidly changing the face of learning. In the old days when corporations implement a new system, it had to fly trainers all over the continent to deliver face time training. Not only was this expensive (hotels, plane tickets, meals etc.), the quality of training can also vary depending on a multitude of variables (such as temperature, time zones, how the trainer felt on the day of training…) Fast forward to NOW, the technology is in place for us to deliver consistent, quality content through the web and it is available not on the trainer’s schedule, but on a learner’s schedule. As modern management has taught us, employees have different learning peak times, some people are more alert at 6AM, some people are great at 9PM, there’s no standard, but it does impact how well the learners are able to absorb all the information that’s given and it is absolutely the key metrics in measuring your training success.
The beauty of eLearning is it custom suits to every individual learner and trainer. As a trainer, now you can focus on learner feedback, how well they learned the material, how responsive were they to the quizzes, in other words, the trainer can now concentrate in a perfect environment on creating the perfect delivery method for his/her content. As a student, eLearning provides the flexibility for us to learn anytime, anywhere, with whatever device we may have, be it a laptop, a cell phone, whatever device that has an internet connection. The very idea of learning in a physical presence is quickly diminishing, now we are able to learn from not only people we have direct access to, but we are able to learn from the best and brightest the world has to offer.