As trainers coming to the end of another year, it’s time to take stock of what needs to be done in 2013 in order that you can successfully:

a) improve the results you are getting with your current training initiatives — and,

b) assure excellent results from the new training initiatives you plan to implement in the coming year.

Currently, you may either be thinking about starting an e-Learning initiative in 2013 — or, you are experiencing disappointing results with the e-Learning initiatives already underway in your organization!

Not to worry! It’s time to look at the typical hurdles that must be overcome if your e-Learning initiatives are going to provide the positive returns your organization expects.

First, and foremost, for e-Learning to succeed it must have top management “buy-in.” No initiative is going to be very successful if it is not wholeheartedly endorsed by the leaders within your organization. If, on the other hand, your management regards e-Learning as a “something to do if there’s sufficient time” activity, chances are it will fail.

Secondly, are the e-Learning solutions you are contemplating designed for the modern learner? Today’s learner expects multiple-media instruction. They grew up watching television and playing video games. They expect similar approaches in their media instruction experiences.

Above all, is the e-Learning you are using based on an “optional word-for-word audio” design accompanied by full motion video — both absolutely necessary for the more than 40% of the workforce who do not assimilate information written above a 4th grade reading level?!?

( for a full discussion re: “e-Learning that will work for you,” I refer you to the December 13 blog post )

Thirdly, have you checked the e-Learning content with a subject matter expert within your organization? Does the content promote the necessary skills for the tasks to be assigned? If not, it’s a waste of time and money.

E-Learning is both the present and the future. But, only the e-Learning initiatives that meet the three above mentioned criteria will give you the payback your organization expects.

Happy Holidays! More on Thursday, January 3 — 2013 !!! – – – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning
www.itclearning.com/blog/ (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
e-Mail: bwalton@itclearning.com