I don’t believe in eLearnings*.
This might come as a surprise to most, considering my job title is eLearning Specialist.
Doesn’t that mean I spend my days making eLearnings?
Well, yes, I do.
But I also spend a large part of my job talking people out of eLearnings too.
While I think eLearning can be helpful in presenting initial content, I do not think it’s where a lot of learning actually takes place.
For eLearning to be successful, there has to be something else. I believe there either there has to be some sort of group discussion or coaching to reinforce the concepts, and an action item for the end user. That’s when the true learning takes place, when you give someone an opportunity to apply concepts.
I also believe eLearning doesn’t work because of two other key components:
1.) People are sick of staring at their devices for learning. Yesterday people craved just in time training that could be done anywhere, anytime, and thus eLearning was born. But, today people are craving connection like never before.
2.) By nature, eLearning is on a device that makes it really easy to get distracted. Sitting right there with your eLearning is your email, your social media, your Slack, your work projects...etc. It’s hard to stay focused (and motivated) with so much going on around you.
Maybe someone somewhere can make me a believer of eLearnings, but for now, I'll be a believer of blended learning.
*I am defining eLearning here as self-paced/asynchronous “learning events” that take place via electronic media (and are sometimes created with tools like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate).