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The Trainer's Handbook by Karen Lawson

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Chapter 15Using Technology in Training

Workplace Trends

More and more organizations are supplementing or even converting many of their classroom-based courses and training sessions to distance-learning venues. For our purposes, distance learning in its purest sense is when the instructor and learners are separated by time and/or location. According to the American Council on Education, “All distance learning is characterized by (1) separation of place and/or time between instructor and learner, among learners, and/or between learners and learning resources and (2) interaction between the learner and the instructor, among learners, and/or between learners and learning resources conducted through one or more media; use of electronic media is not necessarily required” (1996, p. 10).

Several trends are driving this departure to nontraditional methods of conducting training:

  1. Today's workplace offers a variety of employment options, including a growing number of contract and temporary employees as well as telecommuters. These nontraditional employment arrangements require a different approach to learning.
  2. Sometimes it ...

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