For the last two weeks the Training Manager and I executed a simple e-learning only test. With the Training Manager leading the way, we asked our field sales group to help us get friendly practice volunteers to go through our newly created compliance e-learning. Our field sales team provided us with 63 volunteers who agreed to take the training within two weeks and provide us feedback on the training content. Next, we emailed the details on how to navigate to the e-learning to the 63 volunteers.

Two weeks after the launch of the test, we ran a report to discover how many of our 38 volunteers completed the e-learning. The results were 2 volunteers completing the training, giving us a 5% completion rate.

I met with the training manager and reviewed the results. We both concluded that the results were strong enough to verify that our live trainers have no worries regarding e-learning replacing them as the mode of choice. The Training Manager suggested that we next proceed to testing the Blended Learning Process. 


I felt relief that our quick test of e-learning validated the research showing that e-learning, on it's own, suffers a low completion rate. I also felt a bit panicked by how low the completion rate was for the test. Our need ofr a successful blended learning has now taken on a new urgency. 

I also felt that this quick test was valuable in engaging the the Training Manager with the realities of e-learning. Having her experience the low completion rate seemed to have energized her desire solve the problem. I feel that this exercise as a success. 


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