Nineteen people responded to the survey all of which had
undertaken an e-learning programme. The type of e-learning included 61%
statutory material such as Health & Safety. The remaining 39% varied.
Asked whether people skipped pages 63% admitted to skipping
pages. One respondent wasn’t able to skip pages due to the set-up of the e-learning.
A large 74% lost concentration during the course. More analysis
would help understand whether this was in response to length, material content,
or a general response to this type of learning.
Sixty seven per cent of respondents felt they learnt
something new. With 33% didn’t learn anything new.
Fifty per cent of e-learning didn’t include videos. Of the
e-learning that included videos 28% stated that it was engaging and 22% stated
that it wasn’t engaging.
Seventy four per cent of e-learning involved reading test and
was well communicated. 26% involved reading but was poorly communicated.
Fifty three per cent of e-learning didn’t have a voiceover.
42% had a clear voiceover with a good pace and 5% had a poor voice over.
A 67% would recommend e-learning to another person. 33% said
More detailed responses included yes they would recommend e-learning
as part of blended learning. Another stated e-learning is okay if you are
really motivated and there is no alternative. However, they felt face to face
and interactive is far better. Another said they would recommend e-learning
only if it was exceptionally engaging and well made, plus fairly brief.
Another stated it really depends upon the subject matter and
the way it is presented. This respondent had recently seen an excellent
e-learning package but it would have cost considerably more.
Another respondent stated it would depend upon the learning
A 53% still remembered the subject matter they were learning
on e-learning. 24% said they didn’t remember it at all. The remaining people varied
between remembering it the same day and the following week.
Respondent comments “I have used
e-learning in the past and am currently involved in designing some e-learning.
It's my least favourite method of learning but it continues to be popular,
particularly in the public sector. It ticks boxes 'you have been told' but
there is little research on how effective it actually is in changing skills and
behaviours. For it to be effective it has to incorporate some of the good
aspects of face to face teaching including variety, taking people through the whole
learning cycle (do review reflect and transfer)”
although 19 respondents is not a large number and more responses would give
better results, it would seem that over 50% of people have actually learnt something
from e-learning and still remember the subject matter. A lot of the opinions
with regards to e-learning mentioned the importance of a quality e-learning
package. Another important factor is that the e-learning is interactive and
engaging. It is also important that e-learning is used as part of blended
learning. For some people it has little effect and recall is poor. This could
correlate against the individuals learning style and the subject matter.
Therefore recommendations would be to include e-learning for
large organisations where the cost of purchasing a quality e-learning programme
can be offset. It seems to be an easy option to put all your staff on an
e-learning course, however, with the skipping of pages, the poor recall of data
and the dislike of this learning method by some, then a mandatory e-learning
course may prove fruitless. Allowing an option of face to face learning to
accommodate different learning styles would be preferable.
Make e-learning short and interactive
Include e-learning as a refresher to face to
Accommodate different learning styles and
preferences of learners by offering alternative training wherever possible
Ensure a quality e-learning package not just a PowerPoint
Allow time away from the desk to carry out
Consider off the shelf professional e-learning
packages which include videos and mixed media wherever the subject matter is