Congratulations on the launch of a great new publication. I’ve just finished reading your second issue and look forward to the next. The articles that you’ve published are focused on some of the most important issues facing the learning community today. I was especially interested in Bob Mosher’s article titled “How Can the Classroom Save Your E-Learning Programs?” (Selling Up, Selling Down, January 2003).
The idea that e-learning was going to be the panacea for all your training woes and that it would replace all your costly classroom training was a myth created by overly exuberant vendors and customers alike. The realization and acceptance that the true power of e-learning lies in a blended approach will benefit e-learning vendors, customers and ultimately, learners.
I look forward to future articles that look at the application of e-learning technologies, such as performance support systems and simulation-based learning, and the important role they can play in ongoing learning.
By treating training as an ongoing activity rather than a single event and by leveraging these new technologies to accomplish this, organizations will be able to reap all the benefits that e-learning can provide. E-learning’s true power lies in its delivery of just-in-time, just-enough compelling content, not the ability to save on travel expenses and trainers’ salaries.
David J. Stanvick
Vice President, Marketing