Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to set out developments in the world of e‐learning using examples of new technologies being developed and used in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – Provides a viewpoint on the developments in the world of e‐learning. Findings – The paper sets out how e‐learning is becoming more widely used and more versatile as technology changes. It highlights the barriers that can get in the way of people engaging with online learning and shows how to avoid these issues. It sets out the advantages to businesses and learners and gives examples of applications for different learning needs. The development and use of haptics is explored as an example of cutting edge practice. Practical implications – The paper provides a wake‐up call for any professionals who are not engaging with the most recent technological innovations. E‐learning is here to stay and is advancing rapidly – organizations need to stay abreast of developments if they are to compete effectively in the global marketplace. Originality/value – The value of this article is to show learning and development professionals some of the benefits of using e‐learning approaches – flexibility, cost effectiveness, time efficiency and adaptability to learner preferences.
Development and Learning in Organizations – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 9, 2007
Keywords: E‐learning; Learning organizations
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