07/05/2002

Employers urged to get to grips with e-learning

New research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that organisations are failing to make proper use of e-learning for training purposes.

According to the CIPD suppliers have seduced trainers with the technology, but this has not translated into effective on-line training programmes, with less than a third of organisations utilising e-learning in any capacity.

E-learning was trumpeted as the answer to learning in the 21st century economy, but has since failed to capture the imagination of many companies.

Caroline Curtis, Business Development Manager, CIPD, commented: ”There are many issues that we need to resolve. For example, ensuring that e-learners can download modules and work at their desk without interruption and overcoming feelings of learner isolation."

She continued: “We should learn from the over-promotion of the CD-ROM back in the 90s. There was a huge hype in this technology, learning resource centres were opened, brochures printed and training costs cut.

“But many of these centres became meeting rooms and the CD-ROMs coffee mats. We need to ensure that e-learning does not become another badly managed fad. It has the potential to transform organisations in to high performing workplaces where people make the difference.”

(CL)


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