Experts discuss getting the best out of e-learning

first_img Previous Article Next Article Experts discuss getting the best out of e-learningOn 5 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. “Thereason so many e-learning projects fail is because they do not relatesufficiently to individual needs within the organisation and they are notlinked to key business objectives,” says Nige Howarth, vice-president ofinternational marketing at e-learning provider NETg.Hewas speaking at a roundtable discussion which the company staged to discuss theimpact of e-learning on the individual. Thepanel – which included David Welham, director of learning technology atKnowledgePool, Terry Goodison, research fellow at the Learning Lab, John May,business consultant for e-learning at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and MarkChalmers, Cisco alliances director, enterprise at KPMG – discussed such issuesas how organisations should develop a learning culture and how to maximise theinvestment in a learning programme. NETgis using the information gained from the discussion in an industry White Paperwhich intends to outline how individuals can gain maximum benefit from theire-learning experience.”Successfule-learning is so much more than electronic courses on the company intranet. Itis about understanding individual requirements – what skills a person needs,how he or she learns best and what motivates them,” says Howarth. “Organisationsneed to take heed that e-learning cannot work if you don’t consider theseelements. E-learning can help companies to meet their business objectives, butonly if it also helps the individual to develop.”E-learningin relation to knowledge management was also discussed, with the panelconcluding that although companies understand how important it is to giveemployees access to critical information, they don’t understand how theyassimilate this knowledge. Inkeeping with the current general consensus, the panel concluded that blendedlearning, which combines conventionally taught training with e-learning, isoften the preferred option.NETgalso revealed its vision for intelligent learning, which homes in on theindividual’s needs and learning styles. It is currently developing technologywhich will allow organisations to collect information and and build individualprofiles on each learner. TheNETg system dynamically learns about the learner and then delivers theappropriate learning content, based on their individual preferences andlearning style. “Organisationsneed to find a way of harnessing the intellectual property they have internallyand using it to empower staff. “Manycompanies have tried to do this with knowledge management systems, but oftendon’t succeed because their systems cannot take into account people’smotivations and how they learn best,” explains Howarth. “Byusing the best of instructor-led training and the latest technologies ine-learning, this level of personalisation is possible and looks set to shapethe future of learning.”www.netg.comSettingtrendsThepanel also identified the following future trends:–Increased focus on the individual within the organisation through the use ofintelligent learning solutions–Increased take-up of new e-learning technologies through natural evolution–Increased number of government initiatives–Increased use of blended learning–Providers will need to be prepared to offer cost-effective and outsourcedsolutions as the recession may slow down investment in traininglast_img read more