Category: Workplace learning

A Model to Support Self-Directed Learning Online

More and more, organizations are looking for online alternatives to training courses for staff. Online courses exist in a variety of professions. Online conferences and webinar series are widely available.

The Good and the Bad of Self-Directed Learning Online

There are well-known advantages to self-directed online learning. These include:

  • reduced travel cost and time
  • can be taken most any time and any place with an Internet-connected device
  • cost effective! Courses are often reasonably priced relative to real-time training
  • learners can work at their own pace, and repeat content as needed
  • learners have the freedom to explore and to fail without a roomful of peers and an instructor watching

These advantages are compelling and can lead organizations to readily adopt self-directed online learning for staff. But there are downsides worth considering. The big ones include: Read more