A recent blog post on e-learningâ€™s ten benefits has seen record numbers of visitors coming to the Engage in Learning website. So, the UK-based e-learning producer and supplier has commissioned a further blog post from the articleâ€™s author, Bob Little.
This time, Bob Little – an internationally-known writer who writes about, and commentates on, the online learning technologies sector around the world – has written about ten things you need to take into consideration in deciding any e-learning materialâ€™s suitability and quality.
Bob says, â€œIn its various forms, e-learningâ€™s been hailed both as learningâ€™s greatest and worst advance. As â€˜The Top 10 Benefits of E-learningâ€™ article says, this debate rests upon the quality of the learning materials and their suitability to the learning challenge theyâ€™re intended to meet.â€
In summary, Bob makes ten observations on the quality and suitability of e-learning:
- Quality Criteria for effective e-learning materials.
- Quality Issues and Standards in five key areas: cultural appeal; response time; interaction level; degree of engagement, and accessibility.
- The Purpose of the Learning – couched in terms of modularity, accessibility, usability and quality.
- Is â€˜Best Practiceâ€™ synonymous with â€˜Qualityâ€™? – for example, is it about the quality of the learning experience for the learners? Is it about how quickly learners learn and apply what they need to learn? Or is it about something else entirely?
- Evaluationâ€™s Quality Indicators – notably:
- Enabling – dimensions which need to be established, such as policies, protocols, space, time, people and resources.
- Process – aspects of action, ways of doing things, styles, behaviours and practices.
- Outcome – goals, products, numbers, impact, changes and new practices.
- Learnersâ€™ Expectations – Will people be persuaded to learn only if theyâ€™re entertained? How far is high quality technical wizardry merely a hook â€“ or how does it make the message more memorable, understandable, integrated and accessible?
- Quality, Time and Cost – Producing e-learning materials â€“ like any project â€“ involves managing three factors: cost, time and quality. If you alter one of these variables, you alter the others too.
- Quality Control â€“ five variables without which itâ€™s impossible to control quality in all deliverables in an e-learning project.
- Commissioning Errors – E-learning developers may be tempted to accept commissions to build high-quality e-learning materials even if they know that the result wonâ€™t lead to effective learning and performance improvements.
- Focus on Quality, not Cost – Donâ€™t opt for online learning if youâ€™re only interested in reducing the costs of learning. The only justification on quality grounds for using online learning is to deliver greater benefits for the organisation via the learnersâ€™ subsequent performance.
In the article â€“ available at https://blog.engageinlearning.com/blog/e-learning-ten-quality-and-suitability-issues â€“ Bob comments that, â€œThe quality of e-learning content is key since this content is the change agent within your organisation. So, your organisationâ€™s future performance, competitive edge and success depends on it.â€
Kate Carter, Engage in Learningâ€™s Operations and Marketing Manager, commented, â€œItâ€™s certainly important for e-learning materials to be both of high quality and fit-for-purpose. These criteria are key in developing Engage in Learningâ€™s e-learning materials â€“ currently amounting to over 120 separate programmes.â€
For further details about Engage in Learningâ€™s growing portfolio of e-learning materials, visit: https://www.engageinlearning.com/
About Engage in Learning
A UK-based supplier of eLearning courses and solutions focusing on helping organisations improve their safety, compliance and performance, Engage in Learning provides engaging and affordable learning thatâ€™s practical and effective in an organisational setting.
Further information from:
Chris Horseman, Engage in Learning, +44 (0)20 3758 9530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, email@example.com