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It’s About the Learner, Not the Instructor!

It’s About the Learner, Not the Instructor!. This article expresses valuable points (it’s not about elearning, it’s about learning…and it’s not about the trainer, it’s about the learner). I don’t share the author’s optimism that vendors and end-user are starting to get it right. I still see elearning tools that attempt to replicate classrooms, that foster a course-based mindset, that give the instructor the control, and that fail to account for “meandering” learning experience that is reflective of the way in which people learn in “real life”.
With that said, learners seem to be most comfortable with tools that are most like classrooms. The tools I’ve used that learners rate most highly are synchronous (vClass, Centra)…and follow a lecture model. Confusing really…give learners what they want? Or what we think is best for them…:).

One Comment

  1. Brian Alger wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more with this criticsm. E-Learning companies are not getting it right. There is very little of anything we can even remotely refer to as “learning” in “e-Learning.” I have made the provocation numerous times before that, “E-Learning has yet to be invented.”

    What we need to be on the look out for is the way e-Learning companies manipulate language in order to create the appearance of something that really isn’t there. Since e-Learning has not amounted to much so far, there will be attempts to market the “new and improved” version. If the recent “innovation” trend continues, there will be numerous solutions created for problems that don’t exist.

    The bottom-line without a vibrant understanding of the word “learning” there will be little if any progress in creating “learning.” Too often the word “learning” is used interchangeably with “education” and “training.” These are three very different ideas.

    To question our assumptions behind all of the propaganda that has built up, we need to gain a much richer understanding of the word learning. This will likely result in some conflict with the eventual realization that education and training are something far less than learning.

    Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 10:55 am | Permalink