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Nov 14, 2005


Is it that important for a corporate e-learning program to have a guru? Most corporate training programs aim to enable learners to apply certain skills or to make them aware of certain policies or guidelines that can have a direct impact on what they do. Therefore, our focus needs to shift from “delivering instruction” to “creating a learning environment.” The opportunities for the learner to do something, to engage in something, and to interact with an environment are more important than what an instructor can show or tell. What it means is that we need to clone “real environments” and not “real instructors.”

One key distinction that may apply here is the difference between education, training, and providing access to information for retrieval and immediate use.

The guru educates, a coach (advanced yogi) provides training to a younger student, and artifacts in various forms provide access to information.

IMHO, the common misperception about "e-Learning" is that it stands alone. Regardless of the LOB e-learning (be it a course or an EPSS) is just one aspect of a learning, or Knowledge Management system.

This field is in its infancy and we have given too much power to the sparkly new toy. It is similar to the high expectations that initially existed for television as an educational medium. TV is extremely powerful, but it doesn't stand alone.

(I like this blog!)

FYI - Long before TV was touted as the great instructional medium radio was thought to be the next big thing.

To spin off Anil’s comment… Creating a learning environment is an essential component of any organization that expects to survive and thrive. “The smart enterprise is a high performance organization that allows knowledge, enabled by technology, to grow and flow freely across departmental, geographic or hierarchical boundaries, where it is shared and made actionable for the use and benefit of all.” – Marc Rosenberg
A Peter Senge quote: “Learning is a much more complicated phenomenon than can ever be limited to a classroom. In organizational learning efforts, the confusion of learning and training is fatal.”

More from Marc Rosenberg… www.marcrosenberg.com and www.learningcircuits.org/2005/mar2005/rosenberg.htm

A Tom Peters quote: “E-Learning! We need to talk about ‘e-forgetting,’ because to be successful at e-learning, you must forget the ways of your past.”

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