This one-of-a-kind book fills a gap in the literature by providing readers with a systematic approach to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training for programs and projects. Bridging theoretical concepts with practical, how-to knowledge, the authors draw upon the scholarly literature, applied resources, and over 50 years of combined experience to provide expert guidance that can be tailored to different M&E training needs and contexts, including those for novices, professionals, organizations and their staff, community members, and other groups with a desire to learn and sustain sound M&E practices.

The Training Landscape

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter readers will be able to . . .

  • Describe what distinguishes training as a source of learning
  • Explain training in relation to other sources of education (formal, nonformal, informal, and incidental)
  • Compare and contrast face-to-face, distance and e-learning, and blended approaches to training delivery
  • Identify synchronous and asynchronous approaches to distance training
  • Explain the effect of e-learning in training today

We could have titled this chapter, “The Changing Training Landscape,” as technological innovations such as e-learning are dramatically transforming the training industry. Today there is an assortment of delivery options (media) for training, and we believe it is important to understand this menu of possibilities to make informed decisions that best cater to training ...

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