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Survey forecasts e-learning most effectively supported in blends

A new survey by Epic Group plc suggests greater clarity is emerging about the future role of blended learning within organisations.

The survey, conducted among 203 training and development professionals in large corporates and across the public sector, asked for views about how e-learning will develop over the next three years.

Respondents indicated that e-learning will be most effectively supported in blends: by tutoring/coaching/mentoring activities, whether on- or offline, rather than by traditional classroom methods.

Greater access to learning and greater flexibility are the chief benefits organisations will look to e-learning to provide, it was thought, rather than just cost reductions.

The survey also found that good content, rather than improved technology, will also be an important factor in e-learning success.

Other key findings of the survey were:

  • Change will be the primary driver of e-learning in organisations, at both strategic and tactical levels
  • e-Learning will happen despite rather than because of top management
  • Asynchronous media will continue to be preferred to synchronous media (e.g. virtual classroom)

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