- Stability of the material
- If the materials will likely not change a lot over time, then it might be worth building e-learning because you won't have to constantly change the e-learning.
- Type of learning (soft skill, technology, etc.) and the objectives of the learning
- If a person is learning a "soft skill" (like communication
skills or something) or a physical skill (like welding) it might be
better to have the training be in-person. But if it is a technology
skill, it might work to put it as a piece of e-learning. The third
option of using a blended approach (using web-based and live components)
might also be powerful- using video or multimedia to demonstrate skills
or knowledge and then having the participants practice in a live
setting. (I have used blended approach for a lot of what I do and it can
be very powerful).
- Available resources
- If there are few resources available to develop the unit of
e-learning, then go with a live training. (This could work the other
- Our timeline
- If there is no time to create a quality unit of e-learning, have it done live.
- Number of people to be trained
- If you are training only a few people, it is probably not worth investing resources into developing a unit of e-learning. But if you are training several thousand, it is more likely to be worth the resources.
- Location of the people
- If everyone is in the same building, it might be easier to just train them live. If they are spread out throughout the world, creating e-learning is likely more useful.
I hope these are useful. What else might you add?