Saturday, November 15, 2008

Survey Asks Trainers: What Works?

A recent survey of 1,344 training professionals covers matters ranging from budgets to most effective T&D practices. Results of the 2008 Training Manager Survey can be viewed online.

Among the many questions put to trainers was this: "Select the top three training and development practices you feel are the most effective". The graph above shows instructor-led training was, by far, the top pick at 69%. E-learning hung back in 5th place with 43%, but was still far ahead of the remaining six choices.

Jim Donoho of Metri-Mark Inc. offered these highlights from the survey results:
  • 47% expect a moderate decline in training budgets due to the economy (The survey closed Oct. 20, 2008, so it reflects at least some of the latest economic turmoil.)
  • 71% of respondents said that their e-learning practices have changed the most in the past 2 years
  • 66% strongly agree that e-learning is more effective when combined with other forms of learning
  • 43% strongly agree that e-learning is not a substitute for face-to-face classroom learning.

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