ERIC Number: EJ919193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
An Evaluation-Led Virtual Action Learning Programme--Was the Theory Put into Practice?
Giambona, G.; Birchall, D. W.
Educational Media International, v48 n1 p55-65 2011
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in creating a dynamic and successful European economy. Time-poor managers in these organisations generally have fewer opportunities for training and development than their counterparts in larger organisations. As a result, different requirements are placed on training. The aim of this study was to test the principles of action learning in a virtual environment. The action-learning programme was based on virtual working but did also involve face-to-face workshops, thus providing a blended approach. The project was designed to be "evaluation-led", with evaluation progressing alongside the project from design to finalisation. The focus of this paper is on how the evaluation-led approach unfolded. To this end, we start by explaining our research approach, we then move on to an analysis of the project to conclude with a discussion of the findings and of the lessons learnt. We conclude by highlighting some further research needs. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Needs, Experiential Learning, Evidence, Evaluation Methods, Training Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Learning, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Surveys, Small Businesses, Management Development, Active Learning, Blended Learning, Virtual Classrooms
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; European Union; France; Greece; Netherlands; Spain; United Kingdom