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Appropriate delivery methods

MB
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I am looking to create a best practices guide for types of content that are appropriate for e-learning and those that are not. I am the director of education for a fitness company, in charge of education for our personal training teams.  There has been a push toward using more e-learning to save on the cost of live class instruction. Given that the role of a personal trainer is very technical and hands-on, I struggle to see how you can build a quality trainer without live class instruction and guidance. 

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I would love to get some thoughts or resources on criteria for determining whether an online or live experience is best. We do actively use e-learning already to cover theory, I just want to avoid using it too much or in the wrong manner.

Thank you!

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Hi Matthew,
Blend the two approaches. In training, we talk about training for knowledge, skills and attitudes. E-learning is great for theory, knowledge sharing (definitions, concepts), procedural learning (step 1, step 2, step 3), technical skills (how to use a piece of equipment), sharing HR policies, etc...Face-to-face is needed if you are teaching people how to do something. You demonstrate the skill, the learner practices the skills, and the trainer provides feedback for improvement.
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Hi Matthew, a couple different perspectives:
https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/face-to-face-training-is-still-the-better-choice-over-digital-lessons
https://www.td.org/insights/blended-learning-is-better-than-instructor-led-or-online-learning-alone
https://www.td.org/insights/are-virtual-labs-as-good-as-hands-on
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