The reality behind the myths about e-Learning
There's much interest in e-learning these days, but does it work? What should you expect from a well-designed, well-developed, and well-delivered e-Learning Course? e-Learning had a bad reputation -- and it was mostly justified. Let's take some recent headline offerings ...
Table of Contents
- 'Live online training' and 'The Virtual Classroom'
- 'On Demand Lectures'
- e-Learning is different
- What to Expect from a Modern e-Learning Course
- deGRANDSON Global's e-Learning System Features and their Benefits
- Self-paced learning
- Use in a Training Room environment
- Certification (individuals)
- Certification (employers)
- Certification (Certification Bodies)
- Web-based Product – platform-independent
- Scalable Certification
- Extension Courses
- Re-Certification Courses
- The Scenarios
- No software installation needed
- Courses published in both SWF and HTML formats
- 30 plus Lessons per Course
- Pay through PayPal
- Experiential learning
- Multi-layered approach
- Plenty of practical exercises
- Connected to Facebook and LinkedIn
- Courses delivered through established LMS service
- e-Learning is now mature
- Delivery at a time and place of your choosing
- No examination charges
- No examination deadlines
'Live online training' and 'The Virtual Classroom'
Here we have a standard lecture where a camera is turned on with live streaming. No opportunity to ask questions or opportunity to review. Very dull with no learner engagement. We don't consider this to be e-learning.
'On Demand Lectures'
The same as Live Online Training' except that this time, they recorded it. The lack of variety in content can be very boring. Again, no learner engagement. We don't consider this to be e-learning either.
e-Learning is different
Today’s online e-learning courses are usually a match for, and in some ways even superior to, conventional training. One of the main reasons for this is that they are capable of consistently delivering high-quality lessons without being dependent on a presenter or tutor. Advances in technology have allowed e-learning to grow by leaps and bounds. In this article, we will examine e-learning features, which we hope will enable you to identify 'the genuine article' when it comes to online training.
In the design and development of our online auditor training courses, we extensively researched the strengths and weaknesses of e-Learning and took cognizance of the modern understanding of Adult Education.
Whether internal auditor or lead auditor training was involved, we set out to produce attractive and engaging courses suited to the adult learner. Definitely not the traditional classroom, instructor-led approach - instead of an approach where knowledge and skills are built up, layer upon layer, almost without the Learner being consciously aware of the process.
deGRANDSON'S Four-Tier Approach to Online ISO Auditor Training
The image below illustrates the approach that deGRANDSON uses when facilitating online ISO auditor training.
Tier 1: the Lesson
Here, you are provided with the facts, processes, and procedures included in the lesson.
Tier 2: the Frequently Asked Questions
In this Tier, you will find many 'what-if' questions to reinforce what you have learned by exploring its practical application.
Tier 3: the Quiz
This Tier further deepens your knowledge of the lesson by posing a series of questions to challenge your understanding of its content.
Tier 4: Scenarios
In this final tier, you will learn to apply the skills and knowledge you gained in the preceding three tiers. The many short- and long-term scenarios presented are unique to e-learning with deGRANDSON Global and help bridge the void between theory learned in a classroom-like situation and the practice and challenge of face-to-face auditing.
What to Expect from a Modern e-Learning Course
Before proceeding to our list of reasons why our e-learning system works, we need to state some important assumptions that are true for all of our online ISO Auditor Training Courses.
These are that ...
- e-Learning courses are well-designed, developed, and delivered having regard to the needs of adult learners.
- Courses are designed for delivery over a wide variety of operating systems and computing devices.
- Courses are delivered via a modern learning management system (LMS), keeping detailed records of the learners’ progress and results, and also capable of delivering instruction over a wide variety of operating systems and computing devices.
deGRANDSON Global's e-Learning System Features and their Benefits
Benefits to Students
|3||Use in Training Room environment|
|6||Certification (Certification Bodies)||
|7||Web-based Product – platform-independent||
|12||No software installation needed||
Benefits to Students
|13||Courses published in both SWF and HTML formats||
Say you start a Lesson on your PC at work. You can continue the Lesson, from where you stopped, on a tablet device on the bus or train home, and then finish it on your Notebook after dinner.
Much of that flexibility would be lost, especially for older devices, if we published in html5 alone.
|14||30 plus Lessons per Course||
|15||Pay through PayPal||
|18||Plenty of practical exercises||
|19||Connected to Facebook and LinkedIn||
|20||Courses delivered through established LMS service||
|21||e-Learning is now mature||
|22||Delivery at a time and place of your choosing|
|23||No examination charges||
|24||No examination deadlines||
Click on the image thumbnail to see the image in full size, or click the button on the other side to go to our ISO auditor overview page to learn more about our courses.
Note 2: First published in September 2018; revised and updated in December 2022
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deGRANDSON Global is an ISO Certified Educational Organization
We have chosen ISO 21001 certification because, unlike IRCA and Exemplar badges (which, in our opinion, are commercially compromised), it is based on independent third-party assessment. It is a ‘university grade’ standard in use globally by schools, colleges, and universities to demonstrate their competence.