I remember the first time I used a computer. I also remember a friend saying, “Have you heard of this thing called ‘the web’?” Yikes! Just when I think I’ve caught up with technology some new thing comes my way and I feel behind again.
I came to 4C in 2004 to work on a project to offer new approaches to training, including college courses, coaching, and eLearning. I thought, “eLearning, what does that mean?” I hit the ground running with college courses and coaching, but eLearning stumped me. How could 4C deliver the best, most interactive and thought-provoking training through the computer?
I researched. I thought a lot about it. I talked to others with experience. But still I couldn’t determine the first step. As it turns out this would take a team approach to get it going.
eLearning, or distance education, means that some or all of the training can be completed on your computer at home, work, or the library. This may include reading, video, discussion board with classmates, or writing. Some forms of eLearning have a face-to-face component as well. In most cases learners can go at their own pace and complete the work when it is convenient.
I can happily now report that with the help of a great team, things are moving forward in the development of distance learning for 4C. It’s important for you to know that this has taken time because when 4C develops something new, we want to make sure that it is the best possible experience for participants.
5,300 or more people attend 4C training each year, and we estimate that to be only half or more of the early childhood professionals working in the region. By expanding 4C’s portfolio of high-quality professional development to include eLearning, we present a flexible and accessible approach to learning. This could be very attractive to some of our customers. We believe that learning occurs in a variety of formats, and our job is to bring you to best possible professional development opportunities wherever you are.
What do you think? Are you ready to join me on the eLearning journey?