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THINQ announces results of e-learning trends survey

THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc. has announced the results of its 2004 e-Learning Trends survey.

The survey, conducted by THINQ, captured feedback from more than 35 learning organisations.

THINQ says the survey revealed the necessity of implementing a multi-pronged - blended - training initiative to derive maximum business benefit from learning.

According to the survey, when asked to select the top three learning tools, 92 percent noted that e-learning programs were the most effective element in their learning environment, followed closely by instructor-led courses at 86 percent.

A majority of respondents also incorporated programs like virtual classrooms and on-the-job training into their blended learning initiatives. In fact, a preponderance of those surveyed leverage these elements more frequently than face-to-face tutoring and mentoring.

In addition to the multiple delivery mediums, organisations surveyed are also capitalising on varied content offerings. Taking advantage of commercial off-the-shelf content (COTS) from vendors like Thomson NETg and SkillSoft, respondents are delivering training to their employees quickly and efficiently. Nearly all of those surveyed said that their organisations have more than 100 e-learning course titles in circulation or available to their learner populations.

Eighty percent of respondents also use custom content created to address specific organisational needs or values. More than 90 percent of organisations delivering custom content design it in house using authoring tools such as Macromedia’s Flash and Dreamweaver technologies.

"There is no one size fits all in a progressive learning organisation,"said Ray Maskell, CEO of THINQ Learning Solutions. "To optimise the return on investment in training initiatives, organisations are integrating a variety of programs thereby catering to a broader portion of their workforce. E-learning may be beneficial to one group of employees whereas live instructor-led sessions may be more conducive to the learning habits of others. Blended learning allows industry-leading learning organisations to accommodate individual learning styles while ensuring that critical content is delivered and understood."

Other survey findings included:

* Standards: when asked what standard their organisation complies with, 75 percent of those surveyed said they were SCORM 1.2 compliant; 66 percent comply with AICC HACP. While all organisations acknowledged learning standards, more than 65 percent said they are unsure as to when they will launch SCORM or AICC-compliant content.

* Mobility: while a hot topic in the learning space, less than 15 percent of respondents are actually using wireless technology in the training environment.

* Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS): 34 percent of respondents are using a LCMS today. Results indicate that an additional 28 percent expect to adopt/implement an LCMS in the next two years.

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