As the we move from a world of traditional classroom training to a more innovative world of cloud and mobile based virtual learning, we are seeing new and exciting approaches to learning.
Often with a new technological paradigm, change is rapid and intense, knowledge is scarce and documentation is thin on the ground.
This can lead to facts being distorted and myths being formed, the most damaging of which can hold the industry back. Here’s 4 of the most misleading elearning myths busted.
1. Only Millennials Like To E-Learn
Just because Generation X and Baby Boomers grew up with traditional class-room training, it doesn’t mean these older generation don’t want to elearn.
Gen X and baby boomers are now avid smart-phone users and have moved their more traditional lifestyle interactions – like banking, health, shopping – online, and are ready to do the same with learning.
The older generations are ready to embrace elearning.
2. E-learning Is Impersonal And Isolated
This myth suggests that elearning alienate extroverts and those who prefer a personal touch from their educator.
The reality is that elearning can be very personal thanks to the instructional designers ability to incorporate social element into a course.
There are also a lot of elearning authoring tools out there that make the end product interactive and fun to complete.
It’s now possible to build a virtual social ecosystem, around a course, enabling learners to interact with each other, collaborate and share ideas, all of which builds the sense of a social occasion and allows learners to feel connected.
3. eLearning Is Replacing Traditional Class-Room Learning
This is not true.
eLearning is augmenting traditional class-room, providing a new form of synchronous learning that allows learning and coaching to occur on a flexible and ongoing basis, while on the job.
In the new blended world, elearning content and traditional class-room training will deliver learning side by side, according to their relative and numerous functional strengths.
4. E-Learning Is A Light Weight, Ineffective Form Of Learning Vs Class-Room
In reality this myth should have been busted years ago with the rise of Wikipedia and YouTube, the latter of which has allowed it’s users to learn numerous skills such as fixing engines, interview readiness and even building a space rocket.
As instructional designers and L&D professionals bring their expertise to elearning, the sky will literally be the limit when it comes to the potential and applications of elearning with the online learning platform replacing, or at least complementing classroom based training.