Monthly Archives: May 2012

E-Learning for Real Learning

This paper served to be a nice summary of what I’ve learned at UMBC in the course of completing the Certificates in Instructional Technology and Instructional Design.  Much credit goes to my partner Rosemary Harty – I highly recommend partnering with an English teacher for collaborative paper writing! Abstract In order for e-learning to become “real learning” it must be designed thoughtfully and carefully.  E-learning should be approached with many of the same best practices used in instructor-led training.  This means the focus should be squarely on the learner and instruction should be planned with a sound understanding of learning theory.  Examples from research and practice, guidelines for selection, design and content approaches are examined in the context of e-learning.  Learning theories, from long-established to emerging, are discussed and addressed.  A case study exemplifying good principles in learner-centered design demonstrates key ways that theory can successfully be applied. Key words: E-learning, workplace learning, rapid e-learning E-Learning for Real Learning In a recent interview with T & D, the American Society for Training & Development’s magazine, e-learning “guru” Jay Cross describes how he became a disciple of the power of  e-learning in 1998:  “I’d been in the training business and adult education for more than 20 years, and when the Web came along, I was blown away; I fell in love.  Learning and the Web were made for one another, and I wouldn’t let go of it. I was a man obsessed” (“Jay Cross”, 2011, p. 72). The enthusiasm for e-learning has only grown since Cross’s epiphany.  E-learning is seen as a cost-efficient means to deliver training: once prepared, a training session can be used over and over without a facilitator.  E-learning eliminates the need to send workers [...]

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