As e-Learning has become more and more popular as a learning delivery medium, training designers have increasingly come under pressure to deliver even those topics, which would have traditionally only been delivered in a workshop environment, as e-Learning instead. This brings into question if there are any content boundaries where e-Learning would be totally inappropriate as a delivery medium.
Training professionals know the benefit they’ve seen in many face to face workshop,s especially in instances of leadership development, team building or soft skills. Could the interaction among delegates and sharing of experiences, ever be truly replaced by an interaction with a PC, no matter how rich the learning solution that’s been created.
What is clear, is that although technology has moved forward at lightening speed, the way human brains absorb knowledge and learn from other human interactions, has certainly not kept pace. There are clearly instances where human interaction, discussion, knowledge and experience sharing are still a critical part of a learning intervention.
As learning professionals it is therefore upto us to use our own experiences to proffer reasoned arguments with those buying our services and persuade them that e-Learning, while a very useful delivery medium, cannot be used in every situation, but rather be used as part of a rich blend of solutions, to use both the best technological advancements available to us, whilst still keeping in mind the delivery of useful and impactful learning.
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