ERIC Number: EJ894812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
The Perplexing Role of Learner Control in E-Learning: Will Learning and Transfer Benefit or Suffer?
Granger, Benjamin P.; Levine, Edward L.
International Journal of Training and Development, v14 n3 p180-197 Sep 2010
The appeal of e-learning is not surprising given its many proposed advantages (e.g. flexibility, responsiveness to trainees' individual needs, potential cost-effectiveness). However, as pointed out by Ruel et al., academic research in support of the proposed advantages of electronic human resource management systems is scarce. Although this is generally the case for technologically mediated training, the extant research on e-learning actually questions many of its proposed advantages. In this conceptual piece we (1) establish the link between e-learning and learner control, (2) summarize the advantages and disadvantages of learner-controlled e-learning, (3) briefly present the results of a recent study conducted in our research lab that addresses the disadvantages of learner-controlled e-learning for the training of complex material, and (4) discuss research-based recommendations for the application of learner-controlled e-learning in organizational settings.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Management Systems, Learner Controlled Instruction, Human Resources, Individual Needs, Teacher Role, Trainees
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