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eLEARNING

* Self-paced: eLearning programs can be accessed as
needed. Trainees can break learning into chunks of
experience that can be studied and applied quickly and
situationally.
* Cost effective: An asynchronous training program is
virtually cost free once you reach the break-even point. It
doesn't have the hard costs associated with repetitive ILT
programs.
* Sticky: eLearning combines learning modalities - video,
audio, quizzes, interaction, etc. Combined with an ability
to replay and rehearse, it offers a better chance of
retention.
* Location agnostic: Travel, field time, and productivity
often get in the way of deliberate practice. eLearners can
practice and learn anywhere and anytime, making
scheduling flexible and customized.

The Power of Deliberate Practice
Deliberate practice has been described in New York Times
articles as the most accurate determinant of mastery in any
given field. What these "masters" share is not high IQ, good
genes or an Ivy League education. What they have in
common is simple, but requires more effort: They have
rigorously practiced their craft for hours upon hours, never
allowing their practice to become unconscious and
automatic.
Practicing deliberately, remaining conscious of the
learning process, and continuously checking-in, ensures
accelerated growth. This is deliberate practice and this is
supported by elearning. It's tempting to assume that
successful people have special talents that set them apart
eLearning supplements in-person, experiential learning: It
from the pack, but this simply isn't true.
provides the repetition and feedback that most trainers don't
In our fast-paced culture of instant gratification, it's easy to
have the time to provide individually.
forget that hard, conscious work - deliberate practice -
produces fantastic results. In fact, it's generally the greatest
How eLearning Supports
determining factor for
Deliberate Practice
achievement and success. The
In our fast-paced culture
There are many advantages to
sheer need for customized
of instant gratification,
eLearning, and even the potential
training and individualized
challenges (i.e. mundane text-based
it's easy to forget that hard,
coaching cannot be fulfilled by
programs, technophobia, and isolation)
trainers in the organization. This
conscious work - deliberate
can be alleviated with a properly designed
practice - produces fantastic results. is where well developed and well
course.
deployed elearning provides
eLearning is a way to augment learning
immediate, meaningful, needs-specific repetitive practice
and promote deliberate practice. It has 5 characteristics:
with built in feedback.
* Self-selecting: Research shows elearning study progress
The ultimate proof of learning is changed behavior.
up to 50 percent faster than traditional courses; learners
Deliberate practice is the path to learning, and elearning
focus only on new material rather than repeat what they
offers a technology platform to accelerate and ensure
already know.
learning. I
Eric Kaufmann is a leadership trainer and coach and president of Sagatica, LLC. Eric can be reached at eric@sagatica.com.

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From the President: Coaching for Success
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Enhancing the Classroom
Front of the Room: Flexing to a Smaller Class Size
Neuroscience: The Neuroscience of Learning
Ethicon's K2: The Summit of Customized Learning
The Secret to Reaching Your Full Potential
Transforming Organizations: Change Agents & Team Coaching
Member Solutions: Developing Leaders: Building a Bench
Deliberate Practice and the Power of eLearning
EQ & You: Building Leaders
Training for Co-Pay Programs
Constructs not Curriculums
Virtual How: Moving from Reactive to Proactive
Member News
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
5 Questions with Jim Trunick
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Guest Editor: Enhancing the Classroom
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Front of the Room: Flexing to a Smaller Class Size
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Neuroscience: The Neuroscience of Learning
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Member Solutions: Developing Leaders: Building a Bench
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - EQ & You: Building Leaders
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Constructs not Curriculums
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Focus Magazine - Spring 2014 - Virtual How: Moving from Reactive to Proactive
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