The Content Might be Great but the Course Fails WHY? This is the question that we answer in our brand new ebook How To Avoid Elearning Failures. This free 40-page ebook examines; the primary causes for elearning courses that fail; how blended learning can augment your online training program and; how to maximize the potential of your courses by choosing a more mindful approach to developing online training courses.
Sad but true, increasingly rich elearning platforms are asked to deliver courses that fail to deliver the desired result, that result being skill transference; the courses are far too often trivial, boring and of unknown or unpromising effectiveness. The trainee may gain a modicum of knowledge; however, not knowing how to apply the knowledge renders it academic but not necessarily beneficial.
What are the primary causes of this phenomenon?
- Would-be instructional designers forget or ignore how people learn, for they continue to use mostly elearning models that simply do not engage. Without true engagement the odds against course completion escalate quickly.
- Employers and/or Subject Matter Experts are frequently more interested in low cost and the promise of high throughput of trainees, so true measures of effectiveness are infrequently utilized.
- The tail wags the dog, meaning the elearning platforms drive the instructional design, which may not be relevant to the learning styles of trainees or to the learning objectives for the course. This is routinely true where the platform is integrated with a feature-poor authoring tool.
- The initial cost of development is perceived to be high therefore what gets developed may be cheap. These courses preclude development of good ones in the absence of any disciplined effectiveness measurements.
- Elearning platforms often do not adequately scale.
Why does this problem still exist when so many well-informed people have sat through a course they know to be a loser? Is it habit or is it that trainees simply have low expectations and therefore dont complain? After all, once we have sat through even a couple of boring courses we no longer expect the next course to be either stimulating or engaging, so we dont complain too much when we meet those boring-course expectations.
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