These words have been ringing in my head. Why did do people think elearning is not interactive and forced? Here are my guesses:
- Learners do not interact with other learners.
- Some really bad elearning courses have ruined elearning's reputation.
- The learner has to complete the course.
Now, coming to point 1. Interactivity can be cognitive, social, and clicks (motor if you wish to call it that). If the training is poorly designed, cognitive interaction is not going to happen anyway. The person (I was referring to earlier) meant that elearning lacked social interactivity (learners interacting with learners). My response was to point out how web 2.0 fills that gap. But, I was still not satisfied with my response. With eLearning, social interactivity has been always a part of the learning process in the form of informal learning.
- After you take the course (or even as you take the course), the learners share/exchange notes with other learners.
- Some courses provide access to other learners and experts via chat rooms, forums, emails, and so on.
Coming to point 3, if elearning is forced because the learner has to complete the course, so is any other form of training (especially if the learner motivation is low). Like Tony Karrer mentioned in his blog post, at least the learner can click next and finish the course.
Read more on interactivity here.