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Can eLearning be used effectively for soft skills training?

Which side of the fence are you on in this long standing debate? We are defining ‘soft skills’ as the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Examples would therefore be: listening, showing empathy, negotiating, informing. Do you think that eLearning has any part to play in this important people development agenda? We believe the answer is ‘Yes’ when used as part of an appropriate blended learning model.

In the eLearning world just how long is a piece of string?

Are we too obsessed with numbers when it comes to eLearning? eLearning publishers will frequently state that a specific course is x minutes in duration, and x is often a very precise number like "37 minutes". I’m sure we’ve all wondered how they get to such an accurate measure of time for an activity that is highly dependent on an individual learner’s commitment, learning style, mood, technical abilities, and other factors. In fact, are we just not simply missing the real point about eLearning in even attempting to pose or answer the question?

Is editable off-the-shelf eLearning content your hearts desire?

How many times have you faced the difficult decision as to whether you should buy or develop an eLearning course? You well know the normal pros and cons – buy off-the-shelf and there will be things you don’t like or that don’t fit your organisation and it will be expensive to get the publisher to make amendments; or, develop yourself and you have the high cost of development and the time lag to contend with. It’s never easy, is it? Well, it’s becoming easier with NimbleCourses.