Today’s learners not only have a wide variety of ways to access professional development, they can also do so 24/7.
Expectations of learners in present-day society have risen exponentially. They want self-directed learning, available anytime and anywhere.
Online learning (e-learning) has helped reduce the costs of distance education and is accessible to a wider audience. In fact, most public colleges and universities offer online programs.
Knowledge is no longer confined by geographic borders; it crosses cultural boundaries, bringing the ‘global village’ ever nearer.
Information and knowledge can be shared and grow through application, not depleted through use. The effect of location of the user and/or provider of knowledge is diminished using Learning Management Systems (LMS) that can offer benefits of speed and agility of 24/7 operation and global reach, which in turn allow knowledge and information to leak to where demands are highest.
Today’s learners have an overwhelming number of choices, making it difficult for organizations to 'go it alone' as providers of e-learning. Therefore, it is important for e-learning suppliers (such as associations) to have stakeholders who share similar views to ensure that initiatives succeed.
It is important for any provider of e-learning in today’s landscape to focus on the development of infrastructure for sustainable knowledge enhancement which requires strong advocacy at all levels of the association providing such a service.
In today’s fast paced world, the unique value proposition of today’s e-learning platform is that it must be a one stop shopping for the user: a vast offering of continuing education courses delivered by an electronic personal learning portfolio. This will save the user time by being a one-stop shop for all learning needs, keeping an electronic record of courses taken, and tracking learning goals.
CPA’s PD Marketplace (PDM) provides CPA members with 24/7 access to over 150 online courses and webinars.
Below you will find a step-by-step guide to access the PDM:
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