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The AMA Handbook of E-Learning

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The AMA Handbook of E-Learning

Effective Design, Implementation, and Technology Solutions


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What's inside?

First, be sure e-learning is right for your organization. Then focus on planning and creating a receptive audience.

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If your organization is considering e-learning or if your management team thinks everyone needs to get on the e-learning bandwagon, you have been waiting for this book. Making the organizational transition to e-learning is a huge undertaking that affects almost every aspect of your company. This handbook, edited by George M. Piskurich, includes chapters by 30 experts in the field. It guides you through the process of establishing e-learning programs. It starts with needs analysis to see if e-learning is right for your business and then details a step-by-step approach for developing, implementing and maintaining an e-learning program. highly recommends this volume; it is packed with useful, relevant, specific information, experience and guidance.


What Is E-Learning?

E-learning means delivering training via a computer network or the Internet. This can include virtual synchronous classroom delivery ("live" on the Internet from a virtual classroom); virtual asynchronous classroom delivery (users take courses online, but not necessarily simultaneously); electronic performance support systems; Web- and computer-based training (CBT); on-line assessments and more. The "e" in e-learning means "experience," not electronic, in that employees "experience" learning in new ways, including global delivery, continuous delivery, rapid learning development, just enough timing, collaborative learning, coaching and blended learning.

Because e-learning is unfamiliar and rapidly evolving, many people resist it. If learning is going to be innovative, organizations must re-evaluate their learning process, not just transfer data from paper to disk. Each organization must determine if and when e-learning is appropriate, and each program must be well planned, developed, initiated and managed.

Start with a Needs Analysis

Just because other organizations jump on the e-learning bandwagon doesn’t mean it’s right for your ...

About the Author

George M. Piskurich is an expert on e-learning design and organizational training and development. He is also the author of The ASTD Handbook of Training Design and Delivery and other books related to learning. Thirty leading experts contributed chapters to this book.

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