Unless that is truly your only means for content distribution, of course. But then there is always a PDF sent via email or on paper via the snail mail – corporate or government as a less expensive alternative if all you are doing is building awareness or knowledge and not skill.
And assuming that a current but static PDF wouldn’t be sufficient and appropriate for the Performance Context in the first place – and that what you need – is:
an initial “practice” and then a series of “feedback/next practice” and then even more “feedback/next practice”… until your learners are prepared to perform in the real world – the authentic real world.
And in that series – which would be INFOs-DEMOs-APPOs in my approach to Instructional Design, any E-learning channel might be most appropriately – from an effectiveness and efficiency point of view – for delivering the INFOs and the DEMOs … leading to “authentic” APPOs.
Those INFOs-DEMOs might need to be non-e-learning content series of APPOs (Application Exercises – “always authentic” or why bother?) with the right amount of “feedback-to-shape-the-next-practice-attempt” cycles …
Or – why bother?
E-Learning that doesn’t lead/include authentic APPOs … to me anyway … are highly suspicious … for being only “part of a solution” needed – and that it won’t be effective or efficient for most learners unless the secret sauce of authentic APPOs are in the mix, appropriately.
And just maybe – e-learning is the way to do that.
Sometimes that will be true, that authentic APPOs can be done via E-Learning – but not always. IMO.
Most all of the time DEMOs can be deployed via E-Learning. IMO.
All of the time INFOs can be deployed via E-Learning. IMO.
But – just because you can – doesn’t mean you should.
What are the cost implications of your many possible routes?
Perhaps your situation/ context requires your Instructor/Coach to deliver all of your INFO, DEMO and APPO content – for both effectiveness and efficiency – and for budget practicalities.
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