We are willing to bet that there isn’t a training director anywhere who doesn’t wonder if their organization’s training is all it could be. It’s a disappointing thought, when it occurs, because in most cases your online training reflects a lot of thought, resources, and expense.
Still, when one compares what appears in most elearning modules to how other other media, like video and gaming, have used advances in technology, it’s hard to avoid noticing how lackluster much elearning is. Presentations are largely talking head videos or just plain text, there is almost no way to get a lively discussion among employees going, assessments are limited to multiple-choice quizzes, and analytics are nominal. Sure, employees seem to be learning — when they’re not bored to tears.
Is this the best we can do in 2017? If not, what is the next step?
ExtensionEngine Principal Learning Strategist, Edward Daciuk, pondered the same question recently. The result was a white paper, Online 3.0 is Happening and You’re Probably Behind.
According to Daciuk, the major obstacle to more dynamic presentations, increased interactions among students and faculty, deeper methods of assessment, and more useful analytics is the learning management system (LMS). The typical LMS hosting corporate and not-for-profit training modules is at least a decade behind other relevant technology. This makes it a significant limiting factor.
The white paper divulges why we are still using these dinosaurs. It traces the evolution of online learning from the early days of 1.0 through the improvements of online learning 2.0, and describes some of the capabilities now becoming available with online learning 3.0 — all based on the capabilities of the LMS and the success of some to bend the LMS to their will.
More important, Daciuk reveals a road map to bringing an organization’s elearning program up to par, regardless of the LMS you are currently using. The road map is incremental and doable, even with limited talent and resources.
If that sounds like an enticing idea, take a look at what he has to say. We’re sure you’ll find it worth considering — and worth contacting him to discuss the next steps for your organization.