My last piece of work at REDTRAY has been working with Towards Maturity on the UK’s first research into live online learning. We conducted a survey during August 2011 and over 180 learning and development professionals took part in exploring the use of live online learning and virtual classrooms within organisations today.
It’s been so interesting analysing the results – and a privilege to work with Laura Overton throughout the process. I’ve learned a lot about how the research pros approach their analysis and have really got up close and personal with the data. Looking at the differences in adoption rates of live online learning by sector or by size of organisation for example has produced often surprising results.
Somewhat unexpected was the attitude of respondents to cloud based technologies overall. As Donald Clark points out in his latest blog entry, there is still an air of suspicion around the cloud and concerns around data security and technology bandwidth were cited as major barriers to adoption in the research results.
I’m not going to go into too much detail as you can read the full results of the research here. But it was a really fantastic project with which to finish my time at REDTRAY and I hope the results help some organisations with their adoption of live online learning. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Laura along with Colin Steed and Clive Shepherd for their input into the research. Delivering learning in this way can be such an effective solution and the results demonstrate that once people overcome their concerns around the technology, that the sky really is the limit – pun intended!