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“eLearning means using new multimedia technologies and the Internet to improve the quality of learning by facilitating access to facilities and services as well as remote exchanges and collaboration.
European ODL Liaison Committee,
"Distance Learning and eLearning in European Policy and Practice: The Vision and the Reality“
“Network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge.”
“E-learning refers to the use of Internet technologies to deliver a broad array of solutions that enhance knowledge and performance.”
Kevin Kruse 2003
“–refers to any type of learning that uses electronic media. It means many different things to people but is a popular media buzz word and should be avoided.”
Plymouth State University
Beyond the categories of e-Learning, it is also important to note:
Tools and delivery for e-LearningWhat is it?
Planet of Cafélattia
as a delivery system;
content & learning
DVDs, digital & cable TV.
flexible & instant
Just for me,
just in time,
just for now,
portable & embedded
PDAs, Palms tops,
3rd generation mobile phones
interacts with learner’s
as mediating devices
& community space,
Internet technologies are revolutionising every area of our lives. The evolution has taken us through mere enhanced delivery mechanisms to a new phenomenon – the enfranchisement of the individual.
Travel>booking online>self created itineraries
Publishing>online journals>web logs
Internet technologies are changing
and so call into question the appropriateness of traditional service delivery.
The central characteristic of such a new system will be personalisation – so that the system fits to the individual rather than the individual having to fit to the system. This is not a vague liberal notion about letting people have what they want. It is about having a system which will genuinely give high standards for all …
…..and, as young people begin to train for work, a system that recognises individual aptitudes and provides as many tailored paths to employment as there are people and jobs.
DfES 5 Year Strategy
We need to consider:-
progress in achieving more efficient use of resources – financial and human
service improvement – how to deliver improvement, the challenges and the strengths to build on
continued emphasis on regeneration and transport – building the city’s skills base and driving up competitiveness
delivering on the things that matter to residents – a safe and clean city – getting the basics right
developing a sense of civic pride – building a great city
the way we manage the city – becoming a modern council delivering efficiently
and cost effectively
eLearning has a significant contribution to make in all areasWhy?
European institutions are urged to:
Re-establish the policy momentum for the eLearning Initiative, but with two adaptations: make sure that the new discourse is more based on societal-economic demand and more coherent, linking eLearning closely to the lifelong learning agenda. Try seriously to achieve coordination of resources and actions in the field, to the benefit of effective use of public resources and higher impact and visibility of the implemented actions. Accept intervention of “other” resources and policy concerns to support eLearning - even though that may cost something in terms of autonomy and administrative procedures - because the public benefit will easily justify the procedural complications.Policy Paper of the
European ODL Liaison Committee Released 17 November 2004