ERIC Number: ED375809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Lifelong Learning Society: Investing in the New Learning Technology Market Sector.
Benson, Gregory M., Jr.
Technological advancements can combine computer assisted instruction (CAI) and interactive, multimedia environments to create lifelong learning opportunities within reach of everyone in the world. Arguing that the emergence of technology-delivered education represents one of the most significant investment opportunities in recent history, this report provides information and analyses to inform investment and potential acquisition decisions in this new "learning technology sector." It begins by examining trends in five areas to provide a context for the learning environment: the economy, the society, the workplace, the emerging technology infrastructure, and the education and training system. A new paradigm for required knowledge and skills in the workplace is then introduced, followed by a review of features of the new education and training marketplace. These features include accumulated funding, cross-sector training, shared needs, "just-in-time" training, and self-paced mastery/learning. Five major developments in the technology and policy arenas that have contributed to this new market are listed, and their implications for market opportunities are examined. Critical success factors for services and companies are also identified, and conclusions and recommendations based on this study conclude the report. (JLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning Systems Engineering, Stephentown, NY.