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What’s wrong with e-learning?

December 13th, 2010 by Graham Attwell
Clive Shepherd’s realistic if depressing litany of the failure if much of the online learning provision today. It follows on the publication of the Towards Maturity 2010 Benchmark Report (http://www.towardsmaturity.org/2010benchmark) which suggests that face-to-face classroom courses are being converted lock, stock and barrel into self-paced, self-directed, online courses as a panic solution to a lack of funds..
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  • It fails to engage and inspire.
  • It is over-long and information heavy.
  • It is insufficiently relevant to employees’ jobs.
  • It provides inadequate opportunities for collaboration with peers.
  • It fails to provide the learner with opportunities for personal support.
  • In the way it is applied, it repeats many of the mistakes of the classroom courses it replaces, particularly when it is used primarily for sheep dipping and compliance. We need less courses and more resources.
  • It is designed and developed without consultation with learners or learners’ managers and is not continuously enhanced and improved in response to feedback from these stakeholders.
  • At a time when there are so many interesting ways in which online media can be employed (as video, podcasts, mobile apps, 3D environments, games and sims), it remains dull and uni-dimensional.
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