The Painful Truth About eLearning
Think about the last time you completed a traditional eLearning course. While some are really well designed, the majority are essentially PowerPoints. They consist of a graphic-heavy slideshow with a few interactivities followed by the ubiquitous 80%-pass quiz.
Did you love it? Probably not. Neither did your learners.
Given the option, your learners would skip the content and go straight to the quiz - in part to prove their knowledge, in part to skip the (usually) arduous “learning” part. (The content your organization likely agonized over, and invested heavily in the graphic design).
The worst part, though, is that there is essentially no retention mechanism. The only thing traditional eLearning provides for are periodic “refresher” courses which are either the same course a year later, or a smaller version of the same course. Either way, it's a giant pain for administrators.
Recall of the information is therefore poor. There are a ton of “studies” referenced in various eLearning articles about how quickly learners forget content. Personally, we think most of those stats are more opinion than fact, however, learners do forget. Especially when they don’t have existing knowledge to scaffold onto.
There is a Better Way.