Synchronous Learning Systems – 2008

Recently, one of the more frequent requests LINGOs receives from its members is assistance in developing a synchronous learning strategy for the organization.   One of the best sources of information on this topic is from LINGOs’ partner, The E-Learning Guild

sls 2008 coverThis week, the Guild published “Synchronous Learning Systems:  Benchmarks, Best Practices, and Real-Time Analysis about Real-Time Learning.”  Available for download to Guild Members who are logged on to the site (LINGOs member agencies receive one free Premium Membership to the e-Learning Guild) – this 150+page report includes survey data from 1,500 Guild members who share their experiences on:

  • What do users that report a very good ROI do differently from everybody else?
  • What do users that are able to deliver learning that is as effective as good face-to-face classroom instruction do differently from everyone else?
  • What is the total cost-of-ownership for a particular SLS?  What is the industry average?
  • Are your needs and priorities in alignment with your peers that work in similar organizations?
  • This data provides valuable base-line information for organizations as they develop synchronous on-line strategies and allow synchronous facilitators the opportunity to compare their practices to those of industry leaders. 

    Futhermore, the e-Learning Guild will host a webinar on June 19th (11:30-12:30 EDT) that will present on the findings in the report and provide opportunities for exchange on these findings.  Register to attend the webinar via the following link or visit the Guild website to access the event recording (you do not need to be a Guild member to attend the webinar or view the recording.)

    REMINDER – A cornerstone of successful on-line synchronous strategies is ensuring that moderators are trained in the design and faciltiation of on-line courses.  Anyone interested in developing these skills is invited to attend the next session of the LINGOs On-Line Virtual Mastery Series.  To register for the course, visit the following links:  1.  Designing a Virtual Class and 2:  Facilitating and Managing a Virtual Class


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