Employers embrace e-learning but delivery problems hold back progress

E-learning is now accepted as an essential feature of training delivery, but more practical work needs to be done on the implementation side if it is to be successful, according to a new survey.

Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that many businesses have yet to be convinced by the benefits if e-learning and found it difficult to overcome resistance to the medium from users and managers as well as training staff.

Almost half of respondents (49 per cent) said the contribution of e-learning so far has been over-hyped and 69 per cent believe e-learning demands an entirely new skill set for people involved in training and development.

Martyn Sloman, CIPD Learning, training and development adviser, said: “E-learning is an important tool in the training world and our survey suggests that its use is going to double over the next three years.

“However, trainers must work closely with learners to ensure that e-learning tool is effective and meets the learners needs,” he added.

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