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We all need standardsOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Setting procedural standards is the key to developing online learning andwill benefit any organisation, says Premier IT’s Ian WestIf we could put the ‘what is e-learning?’ question to one side and accept thate-learning means many things to different people, we could all then get on withit. Or could we? Does it matter that there are a plethora of different opinionson what is and what isn’t e-learning? It does if you are looking to implemente-learning in your organisation as you need to know the content you haveselected will run on the systems you have and will integrate with your learningmanagement system (LMS), so that you can monitor and evaluate its success. This is why both technical and procedural standards in e-learning areimportant, to ensure an e-learning solution can be built on and developed tomeet the changing requirements of your organisation. Current standards, such as Scorm (sharable content object reference model)and AICC (aviation industry computer-based training committee) have beendeveloped to provide a foundational reference model in which learning contentand delivery methods can be developed. Many companies own more than one LMS, and several libraries of web-based,off-the-shelf content and custom courseware authored in a variety of differenttools. Figuring out how to make all this work together and share informationthrough a common database is a big challenge. Understanding standards can assist in selecting a vendor that has stayingpower in a continually changing market, while setting standards in anorganisation can encourage sharing and inter-operability. Besides technology, there is a strong argument for standardising anorganisation’s approach to e-learning: removing the ‘e’ to re-focus on howpeople learn most effectively is one option. In 50,000 years we have notchanged the way we learn, through talking, sharing and reviewing. This humandimension of learning can be enhanced by e-learning. The technical standards that are recognised as a serious issue in theindustry relate mostly to the creation of content for e-learning. We believe that while learning content is Queen, it is learning context thatis King. Setting procedural standards for learning, whereby organisations canassess each piece of learning and how it is best delivered have an enormousvalue. It is essential to ensure the approach to learning is integrated with aseamless path from start to learning destination, regardless of the type oflearning used. This can be achieved by focusing on an organisation’s learningobjectives and breaking them down into those that can be most effectively beachieved through traditional instructor-led training (ITL) in the classroom andthose that are better suited to e-learning. Delivering standards-based content with the right mix of ILT, liveinteractive online learning and self-paced e-learning is the key to asuccessful learning experience. Ian West is chairman at e-learning integrator Premier IT www.premierit.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.