Is Online Learning a Waste of Time and Money?

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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: boyerlyn

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Many companies are turning to online learning for training and professional development. However, all online learning is not created equal. Before planning and presenting online courses and events, ask yourself these important questions.

How to make sure it is NOT. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

According to a report from Bersin, companies spend approximately $130 billion each year for personnel training and certification. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Some companies spend large amounts of money creating their own content and hiring speakers and presenters. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Some companies such as AT&T, Yahoo! and Bank of America are using Massive Online Open Classes (MOOCs) and other online formats to train workers… Ellen Lee in CNBC article Feb 14, 2014 Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Businesses and organizations large and small must think about how to make the most of their training efforts; many are turning to online learning. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

BUT ALL ONLINE LEARNING IS NOT CREATED EQUAL. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Effective professional development is MORE than creating a glitzy video and scheduling when everyone will see it. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

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What is the purpose of this training? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Who should participate? How will they benefit from the time they spend online? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Are the objectives clear to presenters AND participants? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

What is the CONTENT? Is it relevant to each participant? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

What STRATEGIES will focus learning so participants make the most of their time online? Are selected strategies the most effective way to promote learning? Do learning sessions offer participants choice in how they will approach or demonstrate their learning? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Where is the interaction? Can participants share ideas and learn from one another? How do online sessions add to or detract from relationships and exchange of ideas offered in offline learning? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

How will participants use their new skills or knowledge? How can they immediately practice their new learning in their work? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

How will proficiency be measured? Is sitting in front of a screen ever enough? What should a participant know and be able to do after online professional development activities? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

What is the follow up? Does it include coaching, reflection or evidence of mastery? Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

Your answers to these questions determine if your online training money is wasted or well spent. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

If you offer online training, check with Women’s Learning Studio for planning, facilitation and presentation support. Click here and contact us to learn more about how your online training will make a difference for your audiences and your organization. Creative Commons: By attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivatives Women’s Learning Studio

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