You’re well aware of E-Learning today. You are also aware that the promise of “anytime/anywhere” is without learning precedent. And, you may even be cognizant of the fact that E-Learning is the most cost effective training medium currently available.

But, the returns have been mixed. Two-thirds of e-learners do not complete the courses they are assigned. Retention levels of those same e-learners are far behind the retention levels of those trainees who, in prior years, took CD-ROM or Interactive Laser Videodisc instruction.


Today, the E-Learning marketplace is full of junk. Adapted PowerPoint presentations; adapted written procedures; “slide” shows without audio; words, words, words on almost every screen!

Very few individuals will learn anything from those E-Learning courses. They’re junk! They confuse the buyers because they offer little return. They are titles without substance. They are worthless exercises in boredom for the trainees.

So, what does work?

We know that the latent benefits of knowledgeably designed E-Learning offer learning advantages unknown before in the training world. Unlike other training choices, we know that E-Learning is available 24×7 to everyone, from everywhere with access to a high-speed connection. We know that E-Learning can be the most cost effective learning tool available. And, we know that knowledgeably designed E-Learning can speak in the language of today’s learners.

So, what should you be looking for when challenged with developing a new training initiative for your organization?

In addition to content accuracy, you should be looking for knowledgeable instructional design that is centered on multisensory media components for its communication. And, that means full-motion video and optional word-for-word audio. That’s the “learning language” of today — and, the quicker we get on-board, the better will be the results we see!

Only then will the promise of E-Learning be realized.

More on Thursday – – – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning