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IEDP survey reveals senior executives are receptive to online learning but lack understanding of…

Skillsoft today announced the
results of a survey that reveals the vast majority of senior executives are
open to using technology in a development context, but they lack an
understanding of the current online learning options that are available to them.
The survey was conducted by IEDP,
an organization that publishes information for leaders and leadership
development professionals, focusing on the latest developments,
practices being delivered by
premier business schools and consultancies, with
assistance from Skillsoft, Deloitte, Cranfield University and Wharton Executive
Education. The survey, which assesses the value of online learning for
executive leadership development, also pointed to a need for relevant content
from online learning providers.

According to the survey, more than
60 percent of executives spent more than 50 percent of their day using a
computer or mobile device and the vast majority found engaging and
familiarizing with new technologies to be “interesting and worthwhile.”
However, only 14 percent of respondents felt they had a good understanding of
what online learning products were currently available to executives, with 76
percent indicating they had moderate or limited knowledge and 10 percent having
no current knowledge.

The survey was conducted between
May 21 and June 26, 2012 and involved 187 senior executives and heads of
leadership development at leading global companies. Respondents came from a
wide range of sectors including education, banking/finance/professional
services, consulting, manufacturing, government/public sector, life
sciences/healthcare and others.

The survey is a follow up to the IEDP/Deloitte
Leadership Learning Survey conducted in September 2011. The
preceding study explored executives’ use of learning modalities and inspired
additional research to explore executive attitudes toward online learning.

will publish additional content on the area of senior executive learning in the
coming months based on the results of this survey.

What’s been your experience? Do
you think your organization has a good understanding of the learning options
currently available?

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