How Long Can You Sit Still?
Training Challenge Number Six: “The failure to recognize e-learning that truly works”
The fourth essential quality for truly effective e-learning is a training course that is knowledgeably divided into short modular lessons.
We all want to see the people we train master the training materials presented. With well designed e-learning, 100% test scores are readily attainable. That is because with short teaching segments, information is easily reviewed and repetition is seamlessly possible. With short teaching segments, the learner is in control of his or her learning.
As you know, we all have trouble sitting for lengthy sessions before a computer screen. In terms of the average seat time required, effective e-learning is, generally, a 40-50 minute session or shorter, with concise 4-6 minute learning segments. A single learning objective should be the focus of each learning segment.
With these time guidelines in place, learning can be enhanced and a 100% test score can become the norm. Even better, retention will become significantly improved.
Therefore, when examining vendor-produced e-learning courseware, the length of the course (average seat time required) will tell you a lot. It will indicate the knowledge that vendor has about the ideal fit between the computer screen, the courseware and the learner.
— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning
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