Do Biology And Human Nature Limit The Effectiveness Of E-Learning?
In the training industry e-learning is the rage, although it's such a poorly defined area that almost any instruction that includes technology can be considered e-learning. Putting aside this problem, and if we assume that e-learning has, as it's prime medium, the use of technology for learning, is it possible that human nature, and our genetics will become a limiting factor in the success of e-learning?
Genetic "Socialness" Is The Limiting Factor For E-Learning
One problem e-learning has faced is completion rates. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC'S) have a completion rate of between 3% to 7% depending on the research study. In addition, many companies have found that after investing in hardware and courseware, much of it ends up unused or under used as employees shun the process. Why?
Human beings have evolved as social animals, and for good reason. Lacking the physical tools to compete with predators, we evolved as "pack" animals, if you like. Thus, our genetics require social contacts and interactions for us to operate effectively.
That genetic evolution doesn't mean "social" as in interacting with technology or through technology, but means human beings NEED to interact with other human beings for their own sense of well-being.
At some point, if you remove that need fulfillment from training by substituting technology as the medium that gets between one person and another, human beings become less attentive, and less satisfied and tend to shy away from PURE technology related interactions as REPLACEMENTS for direct human contact.
This explains why learners over decades, haven't embraced technology as a learning process, whether it's via television, computer assisted instruction, or the current technologies.
it's likely we'll eventually come to the point where we will realize that while e-learning will seem to be cost effective, that no amount of tinkering with it via better design of courseware will make it succeed beyond a certain point.
That's not to say e-learning doesn't have a place, but it does mean that our genetic endowment will result in a continual struggle to get learners to use the technologies. It may be there is NO solution, because genetically, there is NO substitute for face-to-face, non-technology mediated human interactions.
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