Will training via the internet ever take off?

Processingtalk, a blog on the latest news for Process Engineers posted a study analyzing the adoption of different modes of learning.  The study by the Chartered Management Institute asks the question: "will training via the Internet ever take off?" in the engineering sector.  Engineers according to this study are not using easily available training to improve their skills.  Managers admit to spending less then 30 minutes on the company's intranet, using the Internet, or accessing e-learning materials to solve a single problem.  In fact, only 13% of engineers surveyed have ever participated in any structured e-learning program. The research, outlined in a report called 'Realising Value from Online Learning', is based on the views of 998 respondents. It also includes in-depth interviews with 12 large employers in the UK.

Interesting findings which argue against management's wish to reduce cost by using on-line training more aggressively.  Over half (52 per cent) of respondents in the sector claim resistance to e-learning is caused by the 'loss of the human touch'.

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