One of the reasons that e-learning is so successful is that it solves a problem of delivering training to audiences that are dispersed across the country and even around the world. Our workplaces have never been more global and the more global organizations are the more scalable and efficient e-learning delivery can be.
Services like Coursera, Venture Lab, and Udemy (to name only a few) make free on-line courses available to anyone in the world for free. What is even more incredible is that using these services, you can take a Stanford course facilitated by a Stanford professor on topics ranging widely from software programming languages to creativity. The typical course is structured over four to eight weeks with each week containing some combination of a video lecture, reading, written assignment, and/or individual or team project. There are open and facilitated discussions and participants who complete all of the activities will often receive a certificate of completion.
Last year, I had the opportunity to evaluate an industry certificate program with the intent of making it available to employees as a skill development program. My evaluation included completing an entire series of courses, at the end of which I received a certificate of completion. The certificate was automatically generated, and I was able to print it out as an official record that I completed the program.
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I’m very excited to announce that Mindflash has enhanced our reporting capability with advanced learning analytics reports. Through discussions with our customers, and Mindflash users in our customer community, we gathered your requests for a more advanced reporting tool in Mindflash. As with all Mindflash features, we wanted to make sure our customers have the best user experience possible.
We learned with you today that the Knoodle learning platform will be shutting down on May 7, 2013. If you’re now seeking a new platform to host your online training, we would welcome your consideration. Please call us at 1.877.771.1900. We can walk you through the easiest ways to smoothly transition your training program to Mindflash and minimize any disruption to your trainees and training program.
Everyone is talking about blended learning, but that does not mean everyone is doing it. At the 2011 ASTD Techknowledge Conference, Allison Rossett presented results of a study that showed that most learning professionals say that the use of e-learning is important but that very few are actually implementing it. This statement makes me wonder why. My guess is that people make things more complicated than they are.
As you begin to learn about the different ways to bring e-learning into your organization, you will invariably come across the question, "Which is a better option: self-paced e-learning or live, on-line training?" It is not an easy question to answer because there are benefits and drawbacks to both methods.
When it comes to testing, training professionals have a dilemma. "With all the focus on determining whether training helps people perform better, do we really need to include multiple choice quizzes in our e-learning? Don't multiple choice quizzes insult the intelligence of our learners who are experienced, smart, adult learners who do not want to be treated like school children? I mean, I know that we want people to learn what is in the training and testing is a way to do that. But do these quizzes really do anything for anyone?"