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Getting Started with e-Learning:Eight Questions To Consider
Executive Summary 
e face of corporate learning has changed. It isno longer possible to develop your humancapital with a single approach. Today’s corporateenvironment calls for out of the box thinking,incorporating the advantages of many types of learning to benefit your company’s single biggestinvestment – your people.Evaluating the ever-growing corporate learningsolutions that are available enables you to obtainfull benefit from your learning programs, by selecting the range of learning resources thatbest match your strategic corporate goals.
Dorman Woodall
Director SkillSoft Learning, SkillSoft
Getting Started with e-Learning
e changing face of corporate learningWhy ask questions?What is e-learning?What kinds of problems/business issues can e-learning address?What is informal learning and why is it important?What is the right blend of learning modalities?What kinds of content should you provide?What are the technologies you will need to createan effective program?What do you need to do to ensure success of the program?How will you measure success?Summary Recommended books about e-learning
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 oen 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

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