Businesses are failing to support elearning

Although elearning is increasing in use, most businesses are failing to support employees in using it properly, reports Asavin Wattanajantra on the IT Pro website.

Latest learning and development research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) has indicated that the potential of elearning is still not recognized by many managers and employees.

Over half (57%) of managers offered elearning for training. However, although organisations typically offer elearning to 60% of employees, only half of them decide to take it up, and just 30% of those actually complete the course.

“Elearning is here to stay – over the last decade it has become a permanent feature of the training and learning landscape,” said Martyn Sloman, learning and development advisor at CIPD. “However, we still have a long way to fully embed it effectively in the organisation. It’s clear from our survey that it is not fully appreciated by learners or by training managers.”

Part of the issue appears to be that, as Sloman says, many organisations “are simply making elearning available to the individual on their PC and hoping that something will happen as a result.”

I’d concur that offering elearning as part of a blend of training, coaching and other methods for performance enhancement and personal development, with proper e-tutor support and facilitation is key. Learning design which uses technology as a tool with others available is most likely to be the future for learning in organisations and businesses.

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