from an article in HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE ONLINE
by Peter Capelli
Studies that look at the effectiveness of online training, compared to classroom-based learning, offer some conflicting results. Online training seems to be more effective for older, motivated students, while the classroom works best for younger low-achievers. There are some lessons HR leaders can take away from the findings.
Experience Guru Takeaways:
Gov't research indicates:
- The most important difference (between ILT and WBT) is that online learners have near continuous access to the material.
- Online learners who spend more time on their learning tasks perform better (there's a qualifier in there...)
- "Blended" learning, using techniques in addition to online, improves outcomes even more
- Inexperienced, low-achieving and younger students did better with traditional delivery
- Why? classroom instruction is good at forcing students to pay attention
The best outcomes can be derived from a combination of ILT and WBT approaches, tailored to meet the needs of the learner