The charity Campaign for Learning, has published the Attitudes to E-Learning survey in partnership with accountancy firm KPMG. It found that 40% of employers did not know how many e-learners there were in their company, or what percentage of the training budget was being spent on such courses.
Some 25% of employers believe that e-learning is not as effective as face-to-face teaching, while more than 10% thought online learning during work time was ineffective.
The survey was compiled from the views of human resources chiefs in 250 FTSE companies and the managing directors of 400 small and medium-sized businesses.
Campaign for Learning chief executive Bill Lucas said it was significant that even early adopters of e-learning were showing cynicism about the opportunity.
He warned that the growing e-learning industry had to be wary of inflating the hype about what was possible from learning online.
The scepticism being created by e-learning is echoed in a recent survey published by Training magazine. As part of the Corporate Foundations for E-Learning Success report, Training asked training professionals and human resources staff what barriers to more widespread e-learning they perceived.
In response, 43% said there was a lack of commitment from senior managers to online learning and cost was cited by 35%.
Other significant barriers reported include a poor self-development culture in the organisation (30%), and e-learning not being part of the firm's business strategy (28%).
There was also said to be a lack of support for e-learning from IT management (24%).
Barriers to online training
Lack of commitment from employers: 43%
Poor self-development culture within the organisation: 30%
Not part of the organisation's business strategy: 28%
Lack of support from IT management: 24%
Poor control of implementation: 23%
Outsourced IT support: 4%
Source: Training magazine