100% e-course: Replace the whole course with an on-line version that people can do at their own pace, in chunks of any size, repeating and parts they want, with tests to check learning. Requires no extra time or cost to run; it is self contained.
Interactive e-course: Could involve boss (send answers to boss) and could involve interactive sessions with external trainer (send answers to trainer for marking, or “if stuck email external trainer”, or could include a skype session with external trainer. Could be a discussion forum with other learners.
Blended course: parts of the course are taught and parts are on-line. Maybe some parts can’t be done in e-format, like role plays, but the rest can. Reduces cost and increases flexibility but you still get the interaction and sharing of ideas. Could have a sequence on-line preparation, taught session with group, on-line revision. Or the reverse: face to face introduction and explanation, e-learning section, meet again as group to review and discuss (and ensure the e-part was done!).
Follow-up: after a traditional training course e-learning can be used as a follow up ~ “How much can you remember?” If stuck, here it is again. (A refresher after six weeks will double long term retention). “How are you getting on with applying the ideas? Please share your thoughts with the tutor and the other delegates”. So everyone learns from each other’s progress.
Trickle: rather than a lump of follow up, a series of small interactions can be designed, maybe a small tip or question or exercise of competition every week or month (or at random!), to keep the subject in the learners’ minds. This extends the training over a period of years and makes it really become embedded in working practice.
Add-on: “Here is more information on the subject”. An optional (or compulsory) advanced part 2 to the original course. This one, and the follow up, can be bolted on to any existing course, even if the course was done before e-learning was considered. With the blended course it needs to be planned in from the start, but not with this and the follow-up.
(It goes without saying that any of the above can be obtained from http://www.chriscrofttraining.co.uk)