Part II of business case e-learning: Risks and Results.
Risks and results
The choice to use e-learning to reach the training house is not about one night of ice. The biggest risk lies with the implementation and carrying capacity from the organization.
A top-down movement based on cost considerations must also be supported by the internal organisation. Nothing is as disastrous as a middle management that does not support the decision of e-learning. Who will motivate the employees?
The second risk lies in monitoring the continuity and topicality of the learning environment with e-learning modules. Regularly making and updating modules is important to keep learning ‘top of mind’ among employees.
The third risk is the quality of the e-learning modules and the online learning environment(LMS). For employees, training is not part of the primary task. It is up to the HR or Learning development department to ensure quality, challenging and fun e-learning modules.
Results and learning efficiency e-learning
Senior management often embraces e-learning, among other things, because of the current access to training results of employees. The knowledge of employees is continuously measured with e-learning. Management reports give managers insight into these knowledge measurements. It is easy to steer this in the organization.
Research shows that learning from each other leads to a higher learning efficiency. Trainers call it group dynamics and interaction between students that leads to discussion and sign of understanding the subject matter.
Is the learning efficiency of e-learning equal to that of traditional training?
In a good online learning environment, the student has the opportunity to discuss with other students and share things with each other. In the present day, communication is not only possible through face-to-face conversations but also through social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This form of communication can also be applied in an online learning platform (LMS).
E-Learning is no longer individual in 2012. Students can learn with each other and from each other. The question that arises is more in the direction whether face to face communication is no better for the learning effect than communicating online.