1. Introduction

1.1 For whom is this eBook for?

Importance of eLearning in today’s world

It is no secret that eLearning has taken the world by a storm. A storm that has boosted morale of learners and has instructors coming back for more. With the latest in communications technology tools, educational technology leaders have developed learning solutions to match paces: the avid digital learner and consumer. The result? Learning experiences at your fingertips (literally), instead of “your doorstep”, as it was when distance education first broke into the learning scene. Indeed, eLearning has given distance education a new name and a new identity. Learners now relate eLearning with their social media platform. They get instant notifications and updates and can think about an assignment days before they work on it! In today’s self-validating world of text messages and instant statuses, learners are eager to share their knowledge and criticism with a never-seen-before honesty. In fact, learners demand platforms that proliferate their opinions across the cyber world. Informal communities of learning are being developed across world-wide servers, morphing automatically into formal communities of practice in an eLearning environment.

Traditional training vs eLearning

Traditional learning is wearing off at slow but steady pace. Each year, introduction of devices and eLearning platforms into the education sector, increases, in order to meet the demands of the digital youth. Businesses too, recognizing the advantages of a technology proficient intern, increasingly pressurize universities to create techno-grads, who can hit the industrial ground runing. Indeed, the best way to learn how to use technology is to teach with technology! eLearning in universities and schools has been replacing traditional teachers to enforce the “cross-curricular technology implementation”. Traditional methods in today’s classrooms are more “blended” in true sense – they are mixed with eLearning.

Apart from satisfying the learner’s convenience and learning style, eLearning has also filled the increasing cost of a traditional classroom course.

Learners no longer prefer limitations of space, time or pace when learning. Most adult learners enjoy the value of learning and strive to accomplish their learning goals. Maintaining one’s learning and personal growth regardless of life’s disruptions is synonymous with life-long learning.

Who is responsible?

When it comes to corporate training, no person can reinforce life-long learning more than the training manager. The training manager is intimately associated with the goals of the organization. This individual understands the performance gaps and how learning can fill those gaps. A training manager can be a communication relay between the organization, the instruction and eLearning developers. These people have the power to influence a positive attitude towards training. Team managers can work closely with the training managers to create organization specific training. They can also promote the training to each employee with better results.

ASTD’s “eLearning: If we Build it, Will They Come?” study (2001) reveals the direct relationship between higher training completion rates and manager support. Managers in organizations can support eLearning in more ways than one:

This eBook is geared towards organizations which want to encourage employees to receive regular updates. These updates could be standard procedures or they could be organization-specific “way-to-do-things-around-here” guides. Education and training update is the sure-fire way to creativity and innovation.

Who should read this book

It’s about time to train yourself about how to train! This eBook is for organization learning managers and knowledge developers who manage trainings. We provide tools and tips that shorten your learning curve towards an eLearning course design, development and implementation.

In addition, the following professionals will significantly benefit by reading this eBook:

Questions that will be answered in this eBook

eLearning is not an easy learning medium to create. However, it is not strictly reserved for the technical adepts!! In fact, training managers and other interested individuals in an organization can easily create an eLearning environment with great efficiency and finesse. Simply follow the strategies and proven methods shared in this eBook.

Here are some common questions answered by this eBook:

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