It's Time To Get Close To Distance Learning
Edition: September 1999 - Vol 7 Number 09
The financial support for the project will come collectively from distributors and manufacturers ... both of whom will benefit from the project. This collective approach will save both large and small companies a significant amount of time, resources and money. The initial response to those we've surveyed has been simply overwhelming. It is an idea whose time has come in our industry.
The technology is in place today to create a very effective, exciting and interactive model that serves the lowest common denominator (the 28.8 modem) with a lot of interactivity, including testing modules with clear feedback loops, drag and drop ability and audio. However, it's the future that becomes incredibly exciting. As bandwidth expands, technology such as video, video-on-demand, and live classrooms will become reality for everyone ... not just those who have high-speed access.
And while the initial effort of this project will concentrate on manufacturer-distributor and manufacturer-manufacturer training, the future will include different cuts of information specifically for the end-user. Imagine a world where the three-shift hospital inservice becomes a relic of the past. Or, instead of driving from Atlanta to Nashville to re-inservice a new nurse in a physician's office on an ECG, the customer simply logged the site, did the training themselves Ð and then printed a certification! Ultimately it will free up time so sales reps can concentrate on the needs of their customers and the solutions that fit them. So stay tuned. And if you're attending HIDA/99 in Chicago, come by our booth (#1930) and take a look at the prototype we will be demonstrating. We want your input...help shape the future of product training.