eLearning is not a method of training; it's a framework that invites the use
of whatever method best fits the situation at hand. Here's a starter list. It's
incomplete. Email me your suggestions.
Help me flesh out the list.
|method of delivery
|classroom, instructor-led training,
||instructors & learners in same place
at same time
||most enjoyable, only way for "people
||expensive, set time, large blocks
||same time, different places. two-way audio, generally shared
application space, sometimes shared video. 15 to 20 learners maximum.
||closest to ILT, can use ILT content, each learner can be in
a different spot
||nothing beats being there in the flesh
||same time (although can be recorded for replay later), different
places. often have email to lecturer, intra-group chat, poll taking
||unlimited audience size.
||any time, anywhere. learner controlled. could be CBT, web-based
training, reading, lab exercise, streaming video, web tour, treasure hunt
||scant incremental cost per learner. convenient.
||expensive to develop.
||one-to-one assistance & coaching. can be email, phone,
in person, instant messaging. if scheduled in advance, it's "office
||personalized response to needs. direct source of expert advice.
||expensive to administer.
|discussion board, threaded discussion
||good reference. answering questions is a great teacher in
||without a host, hard to get participation. need a host to
prune obsolete, obscene, and off-target postings. can provide bogus information.
||realtime online "conversation." ephemeral--if you
miss it, it's gone. usually gets off track fast.
||available free nearly everywhere.
||usually frivolous. see Jakob Nielsen's rant
||can be expert-led or confined to a single topic. unlike a
chat, the discussion may be archived for future reference.
||simple to set up.
|study group or buddy system.
||can be as simple as two people working at one computer (often
more effective than studying solo).
||inexpensive. self-sustaining. leverages prepared content.
keeps learners plugged in.
||not monitored, easy to drop out.
||on demand. 1:1 problem-solving advice. can be phone or email
or Instant Messaging.
||easy to implement.
||staff required to monitor.
||the modern equivalent of a phone call or chance encounter
in the hall. (just make sure everyone's got the email addresses they need.)
||easy to implement.
||may get lost in the shuffle -- some people get hundreds of
emails a day.