In a survey conducted, we got these interesting results. About 38% of the people felt that e-learning will save a lot of time including reducing time spent in the classroom, eliminating travel time and reducing time away from work.
Only 19% of the respondents said that they enjoyed learning online. This shows that unless the learner is highly motivated, learning becomes difficult, especially when you have to learn on your own.
Another 19% of the learners wanted to know “WHY” they should take this online course? This explains the adult learning principle that unless the learners know “What’s In It For Me? (WIIFM)” they will not be interested in taking the course.
Of the respondents, 25% had a question about the effectiveness of online learning. This may be another factor which, if addressed, will motivate the learners and persuade them to take e-learning courses.
Based on the results of the survey, here are 3 quick tips to start e-learning in your organization:
- Blend classroom training with e-learning to save classroom and travel time and also to introduce e-learning in a small way. This is an effective way to get the best of classroom and online learning.
- Address WIIFM at the very beginning on an e-learning course. Start with a challenge they are facing and show how e-learning can help find a solution to the problem. Show some facts and figures of how e-learning has helped organizations and individuals in the past. And show how e-learning will improve an employee’s performance on the job.
- Make the course highly interactive so that it helps in transferring knowledge quickly and effectively. Some ways to engage the learners are simulations, role plays, games and scenarios.
What is your primary question when you are given an online course? Do you have any good or bad experiences of an online course which you would like to share? We would be interested in your point of view.
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