e-Learning is ...
Effective, Engaging, and Empowering
Express e-Learning for a Fast-Paced World
Scott Sampson, Business Leader
Today's business operates in a real-time world where innovation
rules, competitors appear from all corners, knowledge
provides more leverage than capital, and the old rules no
longer apply. You might be on the right track, but you'll get run
over if you just stand there.
Zealous corporations are busy building out the web-networking the
world-accelerating processor speed-stuffing unimaginable bandwidth
into fiber-creating incredibly powerful software-buying into common
standards-and generally building the technological infrastructure
to make e-Business feasible. All at the speed of light!
Already, corporate Goliaths are falling to upstart David's. At the
other end of the scale, Goliaths are joining forces to create global
behemoths previously unimaginable. Long-term planning has shrunk from
five years to two. You seize opportunity when you can or history passes
you by. If you don't do it today, you'll get left behind.
So, how can you keep up?
e-Learning is the answer
Looking at everything that our customers were asking for and what
we knew about learning best practices, we concluded that the traditional,
piecemeal approach to learning is broken beyond repair. No amount
of band-aids and bailing wire can fix it. e-Business needs
an e-Business approach to learning itself, something we call
e-Learning. e-Learning is to traditional training as e-business is
to the five-and-dime. e-Learning puts the learner in the center
of the equation instead of the trainer.
Characteristics of e-Learning
e-Learning is dynamic. Today's content, in real time,
not old news or "shelfware." On-line experts, best sources, quick-and-dirty
approaches for emergencies.
e-Learning operates in real time. You get what you
need, when you need it.
e-Learning is empowering. e-Learners have control
over how fast they can learn, what material they need to cover, where
they can learn, and how much they can learn, they are empowered to
gain knowledge, skills, and abilities in a manner that is best suited
for their learning style.
e-Learning is individual. Every e-learner selects
activities from a personal menu of learning opportunities most relevant
to his or her background, job, and career at that very moment.
e-Learning is comprehensive. e-Learning provides
learning events from many sources, covering every imagineable topic,
enabling the e-learner to select a favored format or learning method
or training provider.
e-Learning enables the enterprise. e-Learning builds
enterprise learning communities whose members forge strong relationships.
e-Learning is effective. e-Learning allows the learner
to interact with the material for maximum retention of gained
e-Learning is express. e-Learning allows the learner
to learn at the fasted possible effective pace. Self-paced
e-learning leads to a quicker retention of the material
through it's interactivity, allowing the learner to speed through
material in which they are already proficient, and absorb the material
with which they are the least familiar.
The future is now.
Reading about e-Learning cannot convey what happens when all aspects
are working in concert. You reach a point where a collection of learning
bites, assessment results, live databases, channels to other people,
and striking images unite to create a single, focused, interactive
learning experience on the desktop. Learners enter a state
of intense concentration, high performance, and controlled
excitement, the "flow experience," that brings feelings of
pleasure, power, and accomplishment.