What every L&D professional needs to know about e-learning

by | Sep 2, 2009 | Articles

Technology has already transformed our personal and business lives, but its impact on learning and development has been patchy. Yes, e-learning has grown steadily, but only a few of its possibilities have been exploited and far too few trainers feel they have any role to play in its usage. Towards Maturity Enterprises Ltd has launched a new booklet, What every learning and development professional needs to know about e-learning, to help remedy this situation.

The free 20-page booklet, helps trainers to understand just how extraordinary the opportunities are for improving the impact, accessibility, flexibility, timeliness, cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness of learning and development interventions. And most importantly of all, it shows trainers how they can play a vital role in bringing this all about.

The booklet has been written by Clive Shepherd, one of the UK’s most prominent thinkers on learning and development and currently chair of the eLearning Network, and Laura Overton, Managing Director of Towards Maturity CIC. Towards Maturity Enterprises Ltd will also work with the authors to provide online updates for those registered to receive them.(click here to register)

Towards Maturity’s research over the years has shown that technology can make a considerable impact on learning in the workplace when it is applied effectively to business problems from the start. From Towards Maturity CIC’s perspective, our aim with this booklet is to provide a dynamic resource for trainers who are looking to take their first step but want to make it count. By providing easy access to independent information and real-life case studies, we hope this simple resource will help l&d professionals to build confidence and save time!

This booklet has been created to support Next Generation Learning in the workplace, a national initiative , led by Becta to improve the awareness of the benefits of adopting technology in learning. The booklet is initially available as a PDF download through TrainingZone.co.uk, Towards Maturity CIC and Learning and Skills group, and then subsequently in print form as an insert with Learning Technologies magazine.

What does the L&D community think about the booklet?
Donald H Taylor, Chair of Learning and Skills Group: “The Learning and Skills Group, along with the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills events, is delighted to support the ‘what every l&d professional needs to know about e-learning’ booklet. We feel this is an invaluable contribution to our profession’s understanding of this increasingly important aspect to learning at work.”

Verity Gough, Editor, TrainingZone.co.uk: “We are excited to be supporting the ‘What every l&d professional needs to know about e-learning’ booklet. With technology changing so fast, it can be daunting trying to keep up with the times. This booklet will help even the most ardent technophobe get to grips with all the latest developments.”

Barry Wilding-Webb at Devon County Council: “I have been involved in learning and development in the public sector for 25 years. During that time I have been continually looking for new and exciting ways to engage adult learners in learning. While I enjoy and fully appreciate the value of face-to-face training and facilitation, there are pressures on professional trainers to be innovative in different areas now – those areas of cost benefit and value for money – while not sacrificing the quality of the learning experience. The ‘what every l&d professional needs to know about e-learning’ booklet illustrates how a variety of organisations can embrace the technology that can support their learning and development strategy, and the case studies are real examples of this and show what can be done. I would recommend this publication to any learning professional looking to implement blended learning within their organisation.”

Keep up to date with new developments

The Booklet has been published by Towards Maturity Enterprises Ltd and you can keep up to date with new case studies and resources linked directly to the chapters by logging on at www.towardsmaturityenterprises.com/contact.You can download the booklet directly below and it is also available at the following addresses:

You can also join colleagues in an online discussion around the content via Training Zone.

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