Half way across Cyberspace and turn left!
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Here is an excellent article published recently by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) which outlines what the current Australian workplace trends and research are indicating in terms of what makes for good workplace learning. Within this article is an excellent section on the way in which elearning can prove to be a valuable tool for networking and facilitating industrial supply chains, one example used is that of the FORDSTAR satellite based training system used by FORD.
Maybe it is time for the term 'Elearning' to be more tightly policed in terms of it's use, or maybe even archived away and replaced by the many multifaceted formats, processes and termilogies used under it's broad heading, for example the term 'Flexible Learning'appears to be more appropriate in today's world. Elearning has become far too ambiguous in it's meaning and interpretation within today's education and training (E&T) practices. It has become far too much of a 'buzz' terminology and process that organisations like to use, and poorly administer, to maintain and 'sex up' their appeal to the E&T community.
By the purest of definitions it pertains to include any electronic means of delivering educational material. Therefore this definition would be associated, in one way or another, with about 80-90% of all construction and delivery formats of today's education and training. One needs only to type in a search for 'elearning' on the internet and see the number and quality of the courses and policies which are listed!!