No matter who the learner, or what the learning context, there are a number of common obstacles that can arise to get in the way of progress. Whether these challenges relate to attitudes or resources, they often prevent real results from investment in learning. When it comes to eLearning there are five key myths that overshadow potential – in most situations these are easily debunked.
1. ELearners struggle with motivation
A lack of learner motivation is a challenge in any learning environment. Whether your learners are not that interested in the topic, or simply not keen to be learning at all, it’s difficult to achieve results without a certain level of interest. However, the benefit of working with eLearning is the ability to create systems and courses that are engaging and inspiring, delivered in a way that helps learners to overcome a lack of interest. Everything, from different types of format, to video and gamification can be employed to help with this. With the right system, any subject matter can be made interesting and motivation issues will dissipate.
2. All eLearners need to be tech savvy
Any eLearning course can be designed so that it is accessible by learners with the most basic skill set where technology is concerned. The perception that only those with advanced technical skills can benefit from eLearning is outdated and inaccurate. Simply structured courses that are easy to use on devices that learners are already familiar with overcome the need for any additional training or support.
3. Most people don’t have time for eLearning
Yes, we are all busy and “there aren’t enough hours in the day” is a common refrain. However, it is a myth that it’s not possible to fit eLearning around an already busy schedule. Creating courses that can be tackled in bite sized chunks enables people to fit learning around other commitments. The mobile nature of eLearning means that anyone can do it from anywhere so there are no restrictions on time and location for learning.
It is important for employers to schedule time for training to get the most out of any learning. However, the flexibility of elearning means it doesn’t need to be completed at the same time by all staff – they may be able to schedule time that is the most suitable to them individually. Not all content is suitable for “on the go”, but bitesize content may well be, and can help the learning process to be more flexible if there are elements designed for this that can contribute to the overall learning experience. Design of learning materials is also crucial – short paragraphs, key illustrations and focused structure ensure that time is well spent.
4. eLearning courses don’t add real value
One of the biggest myths about eLearning is that it is simply an added extra that gives a learner an additional skill but which has little real life value. The easiest way to overcome this is to demonstrate clearly where the content of eLearning will impact directly on the life of the learner. Where can it deliver improvements, personally or professionally, how is it relevant and why is it important in a real life context? Ensuring that this is clear will engage learners at a higher level and overcome issues of relevance that can stop learning from being effective.In fact, with improvements on the reporting of elearning outcomes, due to xAPI, employers can now analyse the value of learning much more than previously.
5. There is no support with eLearning
The myth that an eLearning course is without support is common. It can be off-putting for learners who feel that they may run into issues and have no support options. This is very much dependent on the structure of the courses and the supporting materials provided. It’s easy to ensure that eLearners feel they have the support they need, from providing extensive FAQs to encouraging peer support and providing an email address or phone number for more complex questions.
These eLearning myths are easily debunked to reveal the many positive benefits of eLearning. If you’d like to find out more about how this could benefit your business contact a member of our team today.