Distance Learning

Distance Learning Program is a combination of hardware, software, and courseware designed to give a Primary Training Site ( PTS ) the ability to export training to remote students at remote sites. Training programs are transmitted to remote training sites providing the remote student with the same learning opportunities as students enrolled in a traditional classroom training program.

Although e-learning as a term, has only been in common usage for less than ten years many people are keen to see the end of the e. They feel that e-learning is just another way of delivering learning and we should therefore not talk about e-learning in isolation – it is all just learning, of one flavour or another. But every year there are more and more ways and opportunities to involve technology in learning. Whether or not you think this is e-learning is another issue To use customized e-learning effectively, you need to ask yourself the following questions. The answers to those questions will determine how e-learning can best fit your needs.

Question #1:
What are the goal and objective?


You can't do anything without a goal or an objective, The goals and objectives determine everything, including the topic, the information presented, how the information is presented, and if participants are accountable for learning the information.
Many people do this backwards by starting the process with the information that is to be presented, but a goal and objective still need to be determined in order to establish the rationale for presenting the information.

Question #2:
Who is the audience?

The medium used should meet the needs of the audience to better accom
plish the goal and objective. Some questions that one should ask about the audience include:

Where is the audience located?
Are they spread out or in one location?
What technologies does the audience have available to them?
What is the audience's level of technical expertise?


Question #3:
What resources are available?

Resources include time, talent, and budget. This will also determine which medium is used. For example, if there are two days to prepare, you need to consider what can be done in two days to accomplish the goal and meet the objective.

Available resources can be a big factor in how sophisticated the custom e-learning can be. The more sophisticated the e-learning—applications that include animated demonstrations, simulations that allow participants to practice what they have learned, or assessment and learning management—the higher the costs.

The return on investment from a well-planned and well-developed e-learning program is high and well worth considering, In any case, the capabilities of the delivery medium versus the goals and objectives must be assessed.

So, which medium is best for e-learning? Any electronic medium has its own advantages and disadvantages and should be used based upon its effectiveness, costs (in terms of both time and money), and ultimately the return on investment.

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