At Pilotwise we recognise that e-Learning evolves continuously with technological capability and understanding of learning styles and mechanisms. However, we consider that where possible and desirable the contemporary e-Learning environment should be:
- Cost-effective - possible for e-learning content to be developed and delivered quickly, and at relatively low cost. This requirement recognises that for e-Learning to be widely adopted, it must be affordable
- Agile - able to use individual learning elements across various courses where relevant. This shortens the development time required for new courses, especially where existing courses are being revised or where subtly revised course content is required for different users
- Accessible - possible to locate and access individual learning elements stored in one location and deliver them to other locations
- Interoperable - able to transfer individual learning elements from one Training Management System to another, without the need to re-work content
- Flexible - minimal requirement to change content if the Training Management System is upgraded and also able to support adaptive learning
Typically, e-Learning is managed through a Training Management System (TMS). A TMS is a software application that manages the provision of courses and is either web-based, local network or standalone. Typically, this includes registering students, delivering instructional content, and recording student progress. A TMS may also support briefing/debriefing applications, content authoring, classroom and resource management, competency and certification, virtual classrooms, student and instructor chat fora.