ERIC Number: ED452399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring E-Learning. IES Report 376.
Pollard, E.; Hillage, J.
This guide summarizes current research and commentary on e-learning, examining the key issues facing organizations exploring e-learning for employee development. The guide contains six sections. The first section provides an introduction to the issue of e-learning and a summary of the issues discussed in the remainder of the guide. Section 2 summarizes the various dimensions and descriptions of e-learning, concluding with a definition of e-learning as "the delivery and administration of learning opportunities and support via computer, networked and web-based technology to help individual performance and development." Sections 3 and 4 describe potential benefits and drawbacks of e-learning. Benefits include that e-learning is timely, accessible, learner-centered, cost effective, up-to-date, quick, retainable, risk-free, consistent, interactive and collaborative, easy to track, and that it increases information technology skills. Drawbacks include that e-learning can be technology-dependent, incompatible, unsuitable for some types of training, unsuitable for some types of learners, heavily reliant on self-discipline, less interactive than one would think, initially expensive, still dependent on human support, and difficult to support with content. Section 5 discusses key issues to consider when developing e-learning, including how best to blend new e-learning technologies with traditional classroom approaches to training; whether to buy new off-the-shelf materials, develop content externally or in-house; how best to provide learner support; how trainers will adapt; and how to tell whether the strategy is working. The final section concludes with a summary of the issues and potential of e-learning. The guide includes a glossary of 13 terms and a resource guide listing 64 reports and articles, 7 websites, and 8 magazines and journals. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Definitions, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Evaluation Methods, Glossaries, Inplant Programs, On the Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Staff Development, Technological Advancement, Training Methods, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.