E-learning provides the potential to deliver effective,
interactive, automated, media rich learning environments. The technology
has not, in the past, been able to meet the challenge. We are still
not there but we are getting closer. The continued increase in Server
and PC performance will allow us to build and deliver much more
effective learning modules.
The industry today is one in transition and any
industry in transition is rife with overstated promises, mixed messages
from experts that support their own agenda’s. And yes there are
still the dinosaurs who believe the best way to learn is mired in
the approaches of the past.
We can and will develop e-learning programs that
address both concepts and skills based training. These will be embraced
by the younger generations who have grown up computer literate.
They expect powerful simulation capabilities (they grew up with
them on games) and they are very familiar with and comfortable using
For those of us that grew up in a less friendly
world of technology, some behavior modification is required. However
we will embrace that which requires minimal effort yet makes our
Unfortunately, little energy or effort seems to
be spent on the pedagogy of learning. Vendors are familiar with
their tools and can show you how to build but unfortunately cannot
always define best practices from pure learning perspective. As
always caveat emptor. I cannot over emphasize the importance of
preparation and diligence.