Social Learning Online: It’s Possible

A major complaint among those who prefer Instructor led training (ILT) to eLearning is that eLearning is not social. They claim the lack of social interaction, both with the instructor and other learners, limits the effectiveness of the training. Many will cite the Hawthorne effect, explaining that through observation the learners will modify or improve their performance. Without that observation, they argue that the learner is not motivated to achieve training goals beyond completion. But through advances in today’s learning management systems, these criticisms can be addressed. Now we can say that social learning online is possible, and is helping to bring more training and development options to organizations and associations anywhere on any device.

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