Starting E-learning
Sunday, April 04, 2004
Thanks for inviting me to your blog Scott - I promise not to write all over it!
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Today has been great. The interaction from the group is what I have needed to get started. I have missed the discussion with people about their workplaces and how it impacts them.

The ideas of blogs are great. I could see potential for our induction program that we are redesigning.

Friday, April 02, 2004
Concerns with E-Learning

I have a few concerns about e-learning.·
Some business units will see this as the only option in delivering material and removal of trainers. This is concerning as it means the learning environment will change and the learner may not have the support required through their learning. ·

A BIG FEAR! Someone will think that all they need to do is load workbook on line and let people turn the page on a screen rather than on paper. This can be very de-motivating to learning as it does not consider different learning styles. ·

People who are not computer savvy, may have ideas that this will be harder than completing a face to face session·

If a brilliant piece is developed but the learner is unable to access it due to the bandwidth or equipment does not support the program. Leaves a negative impression on the learner.
My experiences with E-Learning

I have had varied experiences with e-learning over my training career. From training over teleconference to more sophisticated web based applications with sound and graphics. My expectation of online courses is to engage participants through the learning in a way that does not simple involve page turning.

In recent times I had to complete an introduction to our Learning Management System (LMS) and an Occupational Health and Safety Course. These were the first attempts of my current organisation of online learning. Unfortunately it was a bad experience for a few key reasons. ·

The material was basically what you would see in a workbook. It felt like a page turning exercise.·

The skills checks and assessments were poorly worded and did not reflect some of the learning that occurred in the session. ·
It was a very vanilla presentation. By this I refer to the look and feel. While I appreciate that sound, graphics and motion pictures take a lot of bandwidth, it looked as though it was just generic version of an off the self program.

With this in mind I expect that through different activities participants should be able to discover their own learning. I also expect that the delivery is blended between classroom, discussion and interaction with other learners/tutors where appropriate.
If only I could employ an elearning solution for the current project I am working on. The business that I am working for would like to have the material delivered in a shorter space in time, would like to the training to be selfpaced and also classroom based. We have had to go with a paper based option of everything because the information we need can not be published quick enough on our internal help system! If only we could update our technology to support over night change rather than waiting for a week and it being out dated!
18/3 - Ahh I am making my way through the readings. I am finding some of the perceptions of e-learning that are noted in the reading are similar to what my division at work believes it to be. I am looking forward to getting more into the concepts of e-learning and ways of blending the solutions to meet needs of the learner and business units.
Finally I have found out how to place my blog entries online! While it will look like all my entries have occurred at once they have been worked on over the beginning of the course but placed in word!

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