The changing face of corporate learning
Corporate learning is evolving. Corporations havetraditionally focused on providing basic learningresources for their work forces, but today learningdepartments are looking for ways to play a more strate-gic role. Simultaneously they are looking for ways tomaximize learning’s eﬀectiveness by placing corporateinitiatives in context of the needs of individual employ-ees. Learning has become the connective tissue betweenthe corporate mission and the employees charged withcarrying it forward. We call this Connected Learning.
Why ask questions?
at’s a good question. Answered questions can providethe needed information about an important topic. efollowing list can be used to start you on your way toward connected learning.ere are a lot of players in the e-Learning business; your job is to sort out the one(s) that best suit your needs. By framing your questions in the context of your businessneeds, you can determine quickly if a supplier has thebest approach for your organization, and whether thatsupplier can become an important partner to you.
What is e-learning?
According to Elliott Masie, a well-known industry expert, e-learning is “the use of technology to design,deliver, select, administer, support and extend learning.”e growth of the Internet, with its ability to deliverconstant access to eﬃcient and eﬀective training, has setthe stage for personal and professional learning to reachunparallel heights.SkillSo believes that the foundation of e-learning via theInternet is based on the adult learner’s active participa-tion in problem solving and critical thinking regarding alearning activity that the learner ﬁnds relevant andengaging. We believe e-learning includes instructionally sound courses with current and relevant content; conve-nient access to a wide range of course and readingcontent anywhere the learner is located; rapid contentassembly to support the fast delivery of blended learning;the ability to customize content; the ability to deliverlearning to global learners in localized languages; and thecapability to track, report and measure learning results.Contrary to more traditional approaches, e-learning isnot a one size ﬁts all endeavor. Aside from the vast array of learning styles that make up your audience, learnersmost oen seek information in an informal, casualmanner. To address the needs of formal and informallearning, organizations must adopt a multi-modallearning strategy, providing employees a rich array of learning resources that encompass the full set of busi-ness needs, and delivering these resources in ways thatprovide maximum value at the point of demand.
What kinds of problems/business issues cane-learning address?
Many corporations have realized that the cost of instruc-tor-led training is not a viable option for training thou-sands of widespread learners. e onslaught of theglobally dispersed and diverse work force has added ahost of logistical issues to the already complicated
Getting Started with e-Learning