Does eLearning work? Our reflections on Thalheimer’s latest research

We’ve heard it on the internet. We’ve heard it from the learning professionals we’ve interviewed. We’ve heard it from our customers.

Everyone’s facing one common problem.

What problem, you ask?

Cracking the learning effectiveness enigma.

The hardest part about workplace learning is trying to figure out whether it’s been effective or not, and if it has, by how much.

Some companies will try to place either elearning or facilitated training above the other for a myriad of reasons.

Facilitators will make PowerPoints and handouts to prove their point; that of course their method is better, while elearning evangelists will furiously create click-and-drop-branched-xAPI-friendly course to prove theirs.

And guess what?

Nobody wins. While there are positives (and shortfalls) of both methods, the research has shown that it’s not about using one method or the other.

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