I am often asked if e-learning really works, which always feels like someone is asking me about a new diet or workout fad. Did cutting out all those carbs really work? Did attending a massive online open course on theoretical physics really work? The truth is: The only way it works is if you do the work. Any claims to the contrary are a modernized version of snake oil.
But there are some fair questions to ask: What activities or support must be present to ensure e-learning efforts are set up for success? What does a smart e-learning program need to avoid? When it doesn’t work, what are the main reasons why? Here are three key reasons:
These may seem like simple reasons that e-learning fails, but they occur so often that it is important to call out their relevance. Any investment in the time and effort it takes to conduct an e-learning training program should warrant a plan, good content, and a clear sense of when and how the work is due. With these foundational pieces in place, you’ll be ready for success.
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Amanda Jensen is the Practice Director of Learning at SiriusDecisions. Amanda is focused on expanding Sirius' innovative e-learning courses and certificates. Throughout her career, Amanda has focused on innovation in digital learning, fusing her international experience with her work in technology and neuroeducation to create opportunities for people to learn, train and excel no matter where they are in the world, in their careers or in their lives. Follow Amanda on Twitter @ACMJtweets.