There is a lot of e-learning out there these days. Companies are developing more and more of it. Statistics show growth here, there, and everywhere.
A lot of the growth can be attributed to the fact that there are so many good rapid development tools that allow practically anyone to be able to create it.
But I have to ask, “How much actual learning is taking place?”
Increasingly, I find myself viewing a purported e-learning module only to come away thinking that all I really did was just watch and listen to someone show me and tell me something. I didn’t really learn anything.
And I’m not talking about regurgitating a fact or figure I was informed about a few slides back. That’s not learning. That’s short-term memory recall. And it’s something I’m not going to have the foggiest clue about in 6 months, or probably even 6 days (because I didn’t really learn it)
So, is it semantics? Perhaps. But it doesn’t do our industry any favors by calling passive videos that are mostly information sharing and/or marketing tools e-learning.
When I see “e-learning”, I am actually hoping I will learn something. And I am more than disappointed when it turns out I was just watching something where the intent was not learning a new skill or process or something else I really wanted to learn how to do or know. I actually get a little angry. And sad.
Because every time someone puts out a module that is really information sharing or marketing and touts it as e-learning, I hear another voice somewhere saying “e-learning sucks and is a waste of my time.” <shudder>
Which just makes it that much harder for real e-learning to break through and do it’s job.
And it really can do a very fine job.
Until next time…