Maximise mixed instruction

first_img Comments are closed. Thecorrect role for e-learning is to support a variety of training experiences,says Paolo Barone Newlearning technologies (or e-learning as it is now known) hold out the promiseof inexpensive, convenient training that produces better results faster.Accordingto recent research, training is now moving on-line for the same reason thatcompanies moved into outsourcing a decade ago. On-line training is notnecessarily better, but it’s usually cheaper and easier to measure.Thereis a long-standing debate within the field of education regarding the role andvalue of technology in teaching and learning. The debate has raged and willcontinue to do so with the introduction of each new technology into theprocess. Debatecentres on the degree to which technology improves learning, if in fact itdoes. There are claims that technology can motivate, that learners can retaininformation more effectively and efficiently, but studies have failed to provethis accurately. Thekey reason these claims are difficult to prove is that it is not reallypossible to compare learning outcomes in a training room versus atechnology-based environment.Bute-learning should not be about using technology to replace training rooms andpurely reduce costs. Aslearning moves closer to the job, mixed-instruction media addresses the needfor more just-in-time and project-based learning, performance support, open anddistance learning, expert assistance and a generally greater variety of eventsand experiences. Moreover,e-learning technologies should be used to link training to business goals inorder to achieve the best possible business results.Instructor-ledtraining will continue to play an important role for several reasons: it is thebest delivery approach for certain types of high-level learning and is the waysome people prefer to learn.Theemerging learning model mixes on-line learning for information transfer andprocedural skill training, classroom learning for role plays and face-to-facediscussions, and on-the-job learning, integrated with knowledge management andcompetency evaluation.Thekey success factors for any learning – either “e” or “non-e” – initiatives are,and will always be, detailed need analysis, media selection, good design andpeople motivation.Learningis an active process requiring attention and mental effort. While some learnersmay be ready and want to learn, and may be able to do so in spite of the formatof the instruction, other less ready or less interested participants may notlearn, regardless of the format. In other words, when sufficiently motivatedand prepared, individuals continue to learn an amazing amount, regardless ofthe media used, but when interest or motivation is lacking, even the bestmaterials cannot compensate.Learnersare amazingly good at adapting to and learning from a wide range of media. Therole of the instructional designers, trainers and organisations is to providethem with the best designed, balanced and integrated training media mix tobenefit from any media available.Whenan organisation is defining its own strategy for e-learning, it should payattention to trying to do the right thing from the very beginning, focusing onselecting the correct media for the correct message. The lesson learned frommany organisations in this area is that early errors will be very costly andcan kill the whole e-learning effort.  PaoloBarone is e-Learning manager at Raytheon Professional Services, e-mail: [email protected] Maximise mixed instructionOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img


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