Why elearning doesn’t work
Elearning has its merits, but, argues Mark Walsh, it isn't a cure-all and should be used with other forms of learning.
Elearning is increasingly popular but there’s a problem: It’s not really learning and it doesn’t really work. What! How can I say that? It’s all modern and uses computers and everything! I’m being somewhat flippant but here’s my point – elearning is good at certain things and rubbish at others.
What is learning?
The majority of people in the western world now have close to the sum total of human knowledge at their fingertips via the internet, to be more precise they have information, and elearning is a part of this boom. Information isn’t however wisdom as almost any viral internet phenomena will prove! Like the web, elearning is great for learning about things. Like most people I use Google and Wikipedia to find about things and elearning makes this more efficient collecting relevant data in one place, but this is not to learn to do things.