This piece by our former governor of Florida Jeb Bush does a great job of illustrating several advantages of moving education online. The learner in the piece, Kaleigh, was not just motivated but determined to continue her education under very difficult circumstances. Due to a medical condition, it was simply impossible for her to complete a traditional “one-size-fits-all” classroom education. Fortunately for her, online education was able to meet her needs where a more traditional approach was simply not feasible.
This is a case where e-learning clearly saved the day, and not just states but companies can learn much from these cases. In this case, e-learning:
1. Met the learner at the point-of-need,
2. Gave the learner the flexibility to learn on her own time, at her own pace, and presumably on her own device,
3. Provided an alternative to a traditional education where a more traditional education was impossible, and
4. Likely saved the state money in the process.
More importantly for me however, is that e-learning enabled Kaleigh to continue to grow and develop. Jeb makes a wonderful observation at the end of the piece that is not to be missed-
“While digital learning may not be the best way to learn for all students, it is the best way to learn for some students.”
While I could write an entire post about the qualities that make Kaleigh an ideal virtual learner, I’ll leave you with this―many of your employees face challenges to their continued development. These challenges include everything from a hectic schedule to a poor manager who does not coach properly or allow for sufficient training time. E-learning can be blended into your existing training strategy to help eliminate several of these challenges.
Alex is a co-founder and Managing Member of Collabor8 Learning, LLC, an instructional design and performance management consultancy. His firm collaborates with organizations to enhance the way they develop and train their people. To learn more about Collabor8 Learning, click here.