e-Learning Recognition Review Report


The aim of the Review Report is to study the conditions under which SME employees will be more likely to accept and use technology-based learning and make general recommendations as to what strategies SMEs need to adopt to gain the acceptance of their employees.

This European-wide e-Learning Recognition Review Report has been produced in association with all Project Partners who have fully contributed to its production. The first stage of the Report preparation was to prepare a Methodological Plan and then set about Data Gathering in order to inform the production of this Report..

E-learning is considered as one of the global driving factors for the development of education and economy in many countries. The recent developments of e-learning methodologies characterised by the diffusion of MOOCs, Open Educational Contents, cloud based tools and other elements have improved the effectiveness of the courses and reduced costs. However, there are still a number of issues that restrict the use of e-learning throughout Europe.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a significant correlation between the level of IT infrastructures of a country and the adoption of technology-enabled educational tools such as e-learning by institutions or corporations in this country. Compared to the EU average, in more developed economies (UK) there are higher levels of Internet access whereas in less developed economies lower.

Throughout Europe our survey highlighted that the top three perceived important advantages of e-learning were (i) greater satisfaction in the learning, (ii) job related and (iii) multiple choice - with the least advantageous being "time flexibility" with the top three perceived important disadvantages of e-learning were (i) need for facilities nearby, (ii) course selection difficulty and (iii) need for skills.

As regards e-learning delivery methods around a quarter of respondents wished to undertake courses solely via the Internet, with an around third wanting Internet course assisted by face-to-face support.

The good news from the survey results was that over 65% of respondents felt that the training they received through e-learning would help them perform their job better.

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