Lies About E-Learning

Michael W. Allen

Perhaps no segment of the learning field has more misconstrued principles that lead to ineffective practices than e-learning. To be fair, designing and developing effective e-learning can be difficult, so success is far from a sure thing. But there are plenty of popular lies that attempt to excuse unimpressive results and justify poor e-learning programs. There are more that suggest that lame attempts truly are enough. There are even more that try to assure the wary that new technologies make improving performance fast and easy.

Misunderstandings are so pervasive that some lies have corresponding counter-lies—lies at each extreme—from “it’s too hard” to “nothing to it,” from horrendously expensive to miraculously ...

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