On-the-job training I feel is one of the least effective types of training. How does this compares to an online company like LearnerNation.com?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Whether on-line training or on-the-job training is more effective is to some degree a function of the kind of training involved.  For paper and pencil kinds of learning, on-line training can certainly be effective, for example, learning how to use an inventory control system or a company's accounting methods.  However, if a job involves any hands-on skills, in production, for example, there is no way to fully train a new employee or a transferred employee without providing that hands-on practice. 

Another factor to consider is that in the United States, at least, now a primarily a service economy, soft skills reign.  These are skills that are particularly difficult to teach, and I'm not convinced that most of these can be taught on-line.  We learn how to deal with people by making mistakes and enduring the consequences of those mistakes, so there is no substitute for on-the-job training. 


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