TOP 5 Myths about E-learning: Myth 2 Busted

Myth2In the last post, we discussed how to overcome the PPT phobia. Today, we shall clear the mist from the next myth.

Myth 2: E-learning is a waste! Books are better, when it comes to learning.

From a trainer’s point of view, this can prove to be a nightmare. Comparing e-learning to books, is like comparing apples to oranges. These two groups are practically different. Books provide a knowledge base, where the learner gains knowledge. They may have a summary and a set of questions in the end to test the learning.

A good e-learning, provides a learning environment to apply the knowledge. E-learning is like combining knowledge of a book with an environment, where the learners may see themselves in the roles they are expected to perform.


A book can… An e-learning module can…
Give knowledge and information Create real life experience basis the knowledge and information
Make sure that the learner knows the information Make sure that the learner can use the information
Can tell what the learner needs to know Can tell what the learner needs to do
Make the learner go through various examples
Make the learner act themselves through various scenarios


Let us take an example to understand this. MDCC Bank is conducting an induction program for its new recruits. During the induction, the trainees are given a file with all the necessary information related to the company, customer service, financials etc. They are asked to learn all the information. Once done, they need to get some hands-on experience before they can start performing. This needs time and effort, and there is a cost attached to it.

The question is, can we reduce this cost?

Can the learner be given role-oriented training, so that they can perform from day one?

Yes! This is where e-learning steps in. First the learners are given small snippets of information, then real-life scenarios, basis those information snippets. Here the learner will have to perform as per his/her role. Role specific Instruction Strategy is the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of a good e-learning.

This helps learners act as if they are solving a real-life situation. Once the course is complete, they may start performing from day one, on the job!

So! Do you still think it is fair to compare a book to an e-learning?


In the next posts, we shall check the following myths:

Myth 3: Just put the content with some relevant pictures, and my job is done.

Myth 4: Engaging the user means a self check with some options. That’s it!

Myth 5: No need to waste time on summary screens. Just put some snapshots and mind-maps.

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