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ERIC Number: EJ909864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
The Road Not Taken: The Divergence of Corporate and Academic Web Instruction
Ubell, Robert N.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v14 n2 p3-8 Nov 2010
At first glance, academic online and corporate e-learning appear the same. Few are aware that Web learning at companies and in schools is quite distinct. Once instruction begins, they clearly fall into separate camps. At companies, e-learning is highly mediated by technology, with trainers disappearing entirely, replaced largely on monitors by instructional design elements, presented in text, multimedia, games, simulations and other displays. By contrast, in online courses at universities--often equally media rich--instructors and students take their virtual seats online, interacting continuously with one another in text and real-time. Although corporate e-learning and academic online education have evolved along different paths, each reaches approximately 25% of its respective market. Because they have different philosophies and methods, the two fields may never completely merge, yet each may learn from the other. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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