E-Learning to Roll Through Training in 2005: A Bold New Frontier for Students and Workers

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In companies, schools, and governmental agencies, evidence is mounting that e-Learning and blended learning programs are poised for rapid growth beginning in 2005. Experts see three important elements driving this growth: reliable web technology, user understanding of the Internet, and the continued desire for high quality, affordable training.

In companies, schools, and governmental agencies, evidence is mounting that e-Learning and blended learning programs are poised for rapid growth beginning in 2005. Experts see three important elements driving this growth: reliable web technology, user understanding of the Internet, and the continued desire for high quality, affordable training.

“Our research indicates that year-over-year growth of e-Learning and blended learning programs ranges from 35%-50%,” says John Cervieri, CEO of Distance Learning, Inc., a New York-based software company that delivers e-Learning tools as a web service.

No less than digital information leader Google is placing its bets on the potential for e-Learning. The company rang in the New Year with their announcement that they would convert approximately 15 million books into digital format in partnership with leading universities and research organizations Harvard, Stanford, University of Michigan, Oxford, and the New York Public Library. Google Co-Chairman Larry Page said that such a massive digital migration project is something that he and co-founder Sergey Brin wanted to do while still graduate students at Stanford: "The mission of the company, from the day it started, was to organize the world's information and make it easily accessible."

Experts see immediate benefits of opening up massive amounts of education and information at virtually no cost to the public. Cost is clearly a major obstacle to education as reports indicate that the wealthiest third of people in the US are eight times more likely to have a higher education degree than those in the bottom third.

In the corporate training market, similar digital growth is becoming evident. For example, Bersin and Associates, a training consultancy, reports that almost 90% of all companies need their own material for training purposes. Furthermore, these companies need new courses in fewer than 3 weeks.

The digital strategy of companies surveyed by Bersin is profound in two ways. First, it is the first time (and on a large scale) that companies feel empowered to put their own materials online versus using only content purchased from publishing companies. Second, it indicates that the digital development of the market is coming from the bottom up (the companies themselves) and the top down (Google’s initiative). Taken together, experts predict a sweeping transformation of the traditional books and classroom, live teacher training model.

Finally, not to be left out, Government too is embracing the potential of blended and e-Learning. For example, the largest state agency in Maryland has declared 2005 as the year they “expand into e-Learning.”

“The Fortune 100 corporations have implemented e-Learning and we are now witnessing the adoption by mid-size and small organizations of e-Learning as it becomes cost effective to do so,” says DLI’s Cervieri. “2005 is a very exciting time in the e-Learning market.”

About Distance Learning, Inc.

DLI is an independent software company that designs, develops and delivers cost-effective applications for e-learning and training. Its complete solution suite includes software and professional services for the corporate, academic and government markets.

For additional information, contact Manuela Rath via email at mrath@dli.com, by telephone at 212 353 0022 ext.15, or by mail at Distance Learning, Inc., 135 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Visit the ScribeStudio Web site, at http://www.ScribeStudio.com, the Press Room at http://www.dli.com/about/news.jsp and our corporate Web site at http://www.dli.com.

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