The AMA handbook of e-learning: effective design, by George M. Piskurich

The AMA handbook of e-learning: effective design, by George M. Piskurich

By George M. Piskurich

"This authoritative sourcebook is a well timed decision-making software for firms making the transition to (or already utilizing) e-learning. that includes all-original contributions from high-profile practitioners and well known theorists, the ebook unearths how most sensible businesses are imposing and utilizing this significant worker improvement instrument. subject matters comprise: * interpreting organizational want * promoting e-learning to the association * studying administration structures * synchronous collaboration * studying portals * repurposing fabrics * outsourcing and seller relatives. different chapters concentrate on motivation and retention, technological and software program techniques, measuring ROI, and more."

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25 ➤ Unbalanced allocation of costs and rewards; for example, IT pays, Training gets most of the benefits Clearing the Obstacles How do you deal with obstacles beyond making the business case? First, recognize they exist, and carefully diagnose your situation. Second, understand that the inclusion of all stakeholders, including learners, early in the process is important. It is a basic recommendation of change management that if you build commitment early, you will experience less resistance later on.

Students who have been lectured to for much of their schooling expect the instructor to take most of the air time and tell them what to think, something good case method teachers never do. Suddenly, they are responsible for the class discussion or the class literally disappears; in addition, they have to test out ideas and positions for themselves. In other words, they must take charge of their own learning in a way that few of them ever have. However, to assume that a majority of adults takes little responsibility for their learning and that this problem is the underlying cause of resistance to e-learning is wrong.

Bored students can click the mouse and leave, and they do in droves. Students exercising this freedom may miss learning that could benefit them. 5 Anecdotal evidence has suggested even lower completion rates. In the absence of research, poor completion rates are interpreted as a benefit of e-learning: users exit when they’ve learned what they need to know. But many of the courses in the field study were mandatory; the sponsoring organization thought the content of the entire course important. As proxies for learners, reviewers for Training Media Review have said again and again that much online content is not engaging or challenging.

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