In an article published in “Personnel Today,” they publish a quote from Peter Phillips, chairman of Unicorn Training:

“Ironically, the birth of the internet caused e-learning to take a giant step backwards. From delivering rich multimedia solutions on CD-ROM, we were faced with delivery via slow dial-up modems, with no audio or video and serious limitations even on the quality of static images.”
“It has taken a long time for the bandwidth issues to be overcome and for us to get back to where we were at the start of the millennium in terms of e-learning quality and variety, but that point has now been reached and passed. At the same time, there has been a technological revolution. Open source, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, new web tools, social media and mobile platforms are all impacting on the future of e-learning. The days of ‘click next to continue’ are numbered.”

Today’s e-Learning courseware (provided it is grounded in full-motion video and optional word-for-word audio) offers many important considerations:

• Because it is easily customizable, you can tailor training to your own needs.
• Effective learning takes place in 25 – 60% less time than traditional classroom instruction.
• The learner profits because there is a 50 – 60% greater retention than traditional classroom instruction.
• It allows more of your employees to be trained in a shorter period of time.
• Most importantly, the two-fifths of your workforce who are non-reading-fluent can now be effectively trained.
• It is accessible for all employees at all times from “everywhere” . . . to anyone with a high speed connection.
• Your training investment can be recouped within the first year and the ROI to your organization is welcomed in decreased downtime and scrap reduction.
• Unique to the e-Learning technologies is the instantaneous and continuous deployment of training — which increases overall productivity.

When preceded by a valid Skills Assessment Test, your training can prove even more effective and profitable as it can then be tailored to the specific needs of your workforce. No longer will you need to waste precious dollars and labor time by requiring everyone to take every training initiative you offer. No! — after measuring the individual skills gaps, you can readily assign your training to address individual needs through the deployment of e-Learning — something you could never do with traditional lecture/workbook instruction.

There is no doubt that the evolving e-Learning technologies are the future in both education and training. As long as you shun the reading-based e-Learning programs (specifically, adapted PowerPoint presentations and converted written procedures), you will be amazed at the results you will get from your investment.

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— Bill Walton, Founder
ITC Learning (Tuesdays & Thursdays)