Any process or technology thats disruptive to the status quo brings along a set of misconceptions. Elearning is no different. It’s important to clear these up in order to create a more accurate picture of the benefits it has to offer.
In no specific order, here are 8 myths that need to be cleared up about elearning:
It Isnt As Effective
Even the best face-to-face instruction can fail as a result of poor planning by the instructor. The same goes with elearning. In many cases, elearning has proven more effective than face-to-face training. Exclusively face-to-face learning isn’t always better by virtue of its medium.
It Will Eliminate The Trainer
Elearning isnt eliminating the trainer as much as it is redefining the role of the trainer within the learning context. As the presenter of information, a trainers effectiveness is minimized due to low attention spans, attendance, etc. A trainer can now spend time creating great online courses. With a blended learning program, the trainer can step into the role of a coach and mentor to directly intervene as a learner’s needs require.
You Can Easily Adapt Courses Into eLearning
While powerful course authoring tools can greatly speed up your online course development before you even use one, you need to spend the time carefully planning the best way to teach the curriculum. This takes time because an online course isn’t always a direct translation of an in-class curriculum. Planning, via an instructional design document, will help you to create the learning objects from the curriculum as well as define the best learning strategy to teach them.
Getting The Technology To Work Is Hard
Learning software that didn’t play nice together used to be a problem. Thankfully, SCORM compliant Learning Management Systems have made this issue far less pronounced. The best LMS software today contains this feature.
Its Easy To Cheat
Cheating can be a fact of life. Test maker software can help to minimize this through several measures. For instance: an elearning course can be set to randomize the set of questions for a test. Additionally it can also change the order of the answers in multiple choice questions as well as randomly choose questions for a test from a much larger pool of questions.
Its Just For Teaching Technical Subjects
Elearning can be used to teach soft skills as well. Scenario-based courses excel at this because they can put you in the situation where you have to draw upon the knowledge that youve gained so far in order to accomplish a task. This is not unlike role-playing sessions during traditional training classes.
Its Not As Credible
Elearning is growing and with it, its credibility. More and more post-secondary institutions are adopting elearning classes that are accredited. As the cost of post-secondary and traditional training rises, more and more people are looking to elearning not just as a good enough solution but as a better one.
The cost of creating an elearning course is minimized because it can reach a much larger audience for a longer period of time. There are further cost savings with course materials because your online course can be easily updated as new information comes to light.
Like anything new that disrupts the status quo, elearning has received a lot of blowback because its perceived as “not as good” as traditional training. This simply isnt true. As learning technology continues to improve the capability of the courses, then the learning experience improves in turn.
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