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Corporate E-Learning Programs That Work
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Saturday, 05 February 2011 07:41

The problem with many corporate training programs is not the eye-numbing content or the rules for compliance. Rather, it's forcing harried employees to bend their schedules in order to participate in inconvenient on-site programs, which compromise workers' personal or professional lives.

Thankfully, may companies and nonprofits are getting the message. In an interesting article by Anna Tims from The Guardian in the UK, firms are "waking up to the advantages of informal training managed by individuals around their own timetables."

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For example, Cable & Wireless lets staff access online libraries of content, recorded webinars, and other personal development materials. It's a buffet-style, do-it-yourself approach to online learning and career development.

Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, says companies shouldn't try to act like universities: "There is a heavy focus on designing formal content-rich courses, pushed down to end-users, and managed, tracked and monitored in command and control systems." Informal and more social aspects of learning are now in vogue.

Some additional e-learning tips and tricks for up-and-coming learning organizations:

Know what's out there. Provide access to free lectures, videos and modules on iTunes, YouTube, or the UK's Open University.


Share the pain. Enlist support from internal champions who can set targets and timetables. Recruit colleagues who are motivated by e-learning trends and social networking.


Stay focused.  Workers should have enough time for e-learning and avoid the temptation to cram it in all in at once. The best formats are organized into frequent, short periods of study--for instance, 15 minutes at the start of work, 15 minutes at lunch, and another 15 minutes in the evening.


Know your goals. Strong learning organizations understand and communicate the benefits of e-learning and what employees can get out of it.

As you can see, very little of this really about the technology. Rather, it's about coming up with new ways of thinking about time-shifted, self-paced, self-directed learning. The best e-learning programs accommodate the needs of the modern firm and the busy lives of employees.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 February 2011 08:18