By Vince Cyboran, Ed.D.
E-Learning is not a fad. E-Learning is not a trend. E-Learning is now simply part of the learning landscape. The following graphic shows the results of a monster.com search I did yesterday. So, what does this mean for you, especially if you are earning a master’s degree in Training and Development?
The ASTD Competency Model does not specifically address ‘e-learning.’ Instead, we must look elsewhere for a cogent synopsis of this topic. Luckily, we can find that in Driscoll’s accounting, replicated here directly from her 2002 text, Web-Based Training: Creating e-Learning Experiences. Interestingly, she doesn’t use the term ‘e-learning’ here.
All four types of Web-Based Training are covered in the T&D curriculum, as documented in the following table.
|Web/Computer-Based Training||Web/Electronic Performance Support Systems|
||Learning Technologies (TRDV 450)|
|Web/Virtual Asynchronous Classroom||Web/Virtual Synchronous Classroom|
||Synchronous E-Learning (TRDV 452)|
In addition, considerations for performance interventions–pay attention, HPI students– that include e-learning are covered in the following courses:
- Organizational Learning Strategies (TRDV 432)
- Blended Learning Solutions (TRDV 438)
As you plan your schedule for upcoming semesters, consider how taking e-learning courses will help to ensure your success in Training and Development.
Driscoll, M. (2002). Web-based training: Creating e-learning experiences (2nd ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.