A View on the Growth of Online Education

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Marcia Nuffer shares an article that highlights the pros and cons of learning online.

Online learning can be, and should be, as addictive as the other technologies we use.

We are addicted to technology.  Multiple studies say we check our phones between 50 and 80 times a day. Millennials up to 150 times.  Sure, 90% of that is probably checking the time, using social media, and taking selfies.  But a good part of that time is also used to look something up that we want to know.  Add in the time when we’re doing the same on our computers and, in many ways, you can say we already learn online all day.  

But in the workplace, when it comes to what we typically call online learning – the courses, modules, webinars, videos, and of course Zoom sessions available to us to do our jobs better, we turn to it much less frequently.  

What is keeping us from being hooked on online learning?

Well, of course, there are lots of reasons.  We are busy and it’s hard to break from work to “do learning.”  The right content is hard to find.  When we do find it, it is often not specific enough for our particular need.  We are not confident that the time investment will be worth it.  In fact, in research that a colleague and I conducted at a professional services firm, we found that employees primarily use two criteria to decide where to go for help:  Is it fast? Is it the best expertise?

And they do not have confidence that online learning will deliver on either of these.

 

Key points in this article include:

  • Supply and demand
  • Interpersonal topics
  • Technological innovation

 

Read the full article, Online Learning Addiction, on Blueshor.com.