The key findings are as follows:
- There’s a wide and growing adoption of e-learning among NPOs, being the largest organizations the most rapid adopters. The survey points that the main reasons for this are a big annual budget and/or a wide geographic focus. I totally agree with this, but I’d like to add that a managerial culture within the organization is also a must to adopt e-learning. While little NPOs usually just don’t “understand” the concept of investment, bigger NPOs do. The reason – linked to big budgets, of course – is that they prefer action than bureaucracy, forgetting that some of this bureaucracy will entail more efficiency in the overall performance of the NPO and its projects.
- Vast majority of organizations are (somewhat) satisfied, mainly due to convenience for learners, ability to reach more learners (access) and cost-effectiveness.
- Main barriers are staff time, funding, expertise, concern about end user’s technology and concern for effectiveness. I think most of these barriers will disappear once e-learning is a well known technology widely adopted by many, especially concern and expertise matters. Staff time barries are surely linked with what I said before about seeing training in general (not just e-learning) an investment instead of a simple expenditure such as travel costs or electricity consumes.
- Most uses concern staff and volunteer training, in first place, and advocacy in second place. There’s a big lack of training for development. End user’s technology concern/shortage is, no doubt, the barrier to overcome in this case. Sadly, is surely one of the best applications of e-learning in development projects.
[via Development Gateway]
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “e-Learning in Nonprofits and Associations” In ICTlogy,
#15, December 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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