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What is the future of E-learning?

The world is shrinking rapidly.  The Internet has brought the world together in ways that nobody would have expected.  You can now attend a college half way around the world, with students from any country with Internet access. 

Knowledge is expanding at a tremendous rate.  The class graduating H.S. in the year 2000 will be exposed to more new information in one year then their grandparents were in a lifetime.  Memorizing facts will have a much lower value, while utilizing information for analysis and decisions will be a critical skill.  

The typical worker will have many distinct careers in his or her lifetime.  Each of these careers will require new knowledge and skills.  Lifelong learning will be something that any successful person must do to compete.  It will no longer be worthwhile to learn something with the hope that it will be useful at some time.  Just-In-Time learning that meets the needs of individuals as they occur, makes learning more meaningful and effective.  

The companies and careers of the future will utilize technologies that have not even been conceived of today.  These technologies will require a whole new set of skills from the workforce.  Learning to use the new technology will be important, and so will using those technologies to learn.  

What would e-learning look like in the future?

In order to meet the needs of the changing world noted above, future learning must take on more of the following qualities:

Time flexible

  • Geography independent
  • Competitive cost / value
  • Learner-centered
  • Technology embracing
  • Ethnically diverse

Organizations that deliver learning will need to consider these issues and more:

  • Realize what market they serve
  • Be responsive to learner needs
  • Prove their value to learners
  • Listen closely to the needs of business
  • Remove some of the massive burdens on instructors
  • Look for partnerships with other complementary organizations 
  • Find creative ways to certify learning credentials
  • Be prepared to compete globally with a variety of learning providers

As a result of all of those factors we may see some of the following predictions come true in the next decade:

  1. Corporations will compete directly with colleges and K-12 schools.
  1. Partnerships and mergers between learning institutions, publishers, technology companies, learning providers will consolidate the marketplace.
  1. Many schools and colleges will be taken over or will go out of business
  1. A much greater % of learning (formal and informal) will take place online.
  1. The massive role of instructor will be broken down into multiple positions: curriculum design, content delivery, classroom facilitator, learner support, etc.
  1. Top instructors will be hired by the private sector for all the positions stated above.
  1. Fewer students will get the traditional on-campus degree, and most will get at least a portion of it online and off-campus.
  1. Learning providers will compete over learners especially those that are highly motivated and able to pay the most.
  1. Learners will complete degrees and certificates made up of courses and experiences from a wide range of learning providers.

Am I suited for e-learning?

If several of the following describe you, or your situation, you may be well suited for e-Learning:  

  • You are self motivated
  • You have good computer or Internet skills
  • You have no time to commute to classes
  • You're not located near good traditional learning providers
  • You lack the financial capability to attend a traditional program
  • You don't thrive on verbal class discussions
  • You are studying a topic that has e-learning courses and degrees
  • You might not mind learning from a module where the computer asks you questions and provides assistance
  • You would like the learning to focus on you rather than the instructor
  • You are interested in some of the potential advantages of e-Learning
  • You understand that many e-learning providers and instructors are still improving
  • An e-Learning course or program would be accepted or respected in your field.

What are the most important factors to consider when creating quality e-learning solution for the

According to the Sloan Consortium a quality framework for online learning includes addressing the following areas:

  • Learning effectiveness
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Access
  • Faculty Satisfaction
  • Student Satisfaction

How do I know the content will be right for me?

We have consistently received positive feedback for our e-learning products. For example in one e-learning module, 100% of learners giving feedback felt the content was relevant to them.

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