E-learning spreads its European wings

A third of European workers have experienced some form of e-learning,
according to research carried out by the European School of Management and
sponsored by training specialists John Matchett Limited (JML).

Almost every respondent (460 workers – 81 from the UK and the rest from
across Europe, although mainly France and Germany) agreed that e-learning will
dominate the delivery of learning in the future as people look for interactive
and personalised courses that precisely fit their needs.

The survey, The Impact of Age on Learning, found that nearly half of those
aged between 20 and 29 years and more than 30 per cent of those aged between 30
and 39 had some experience of an e-learning programme. Those aged between 40
and 49 had the least exposure (21 per cent) but even 22 per cent of those aged
over 59 had experienced e-learning. However, it only managed fifth in the list
of respondents’ most frequently used methods of learning, with formal training
courses proving the most popular, closely followed by ‘asking colleagues’.

John Matchett, chairman of JML, said: "This research shows that
although e-learning is rapidly establishing itself as an invaluable and
cost-effective addition to the trainer’s armoury, suppliers of learning
materials must be flexible in their approach and have a wide range of learning


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