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What is e-Learning? Why is it important? Why now?

Jane Langfield

eLearning Manager

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What is it?

“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“

Published 17/11/04

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What is it?

“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

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What is it?

“–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

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Informal learning

Blended learning


Knowledge management

Networked learning

Work-based learning

Beyond the categories of e-Learning, it is also important to note:

Ubiquitous computing

Tools and delivery for e-Learning

What is it?

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4 e-learning scenarios

Planet ofContenteous

Planet Instantia

Nomadict Planet

Planet of Cafélattia

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Planet of Contenteous


as a delivery system;

content & learning

management systems,

multi media,

DVDs, digital & cable TV.

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Planet Instantia



Continuous, applied,

flexible & instant

Just for me,

just in time,

just for now,

just enough

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portable & embedded


PDAs, Palms tops,

3rd generation mobile phones

GPS, wireless

interacts with learner’s


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Planet of Cafélattia

Developed Internet


as mediating devices

& community space,

asychronous &

synchronous groupware,


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So what?

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.

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So what?

Shopping>online supermarket>eBay

Travel>booking online>self created itineraries

Publishing>online journals>web logs

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So what?

Internet technologies are changing

  • Culture

  • Expectations

  • Capability and Potential

  • Aspirations

    and so call into question the appropriateness of traditional service delivery.

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So what?

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.

Charles Clarke

DfES 5 Year Strategy


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  • A 21st Century learning city

  • A culture of life long learning

  • A skilled workforce

  • Enabled citizens

  • A self sustaining knowledge repository

  • Transformed services

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The Leader’s Message

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 areas


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Why now?

  • Resources – we mustn’t waste

  • Knowledge – which should be exploited

  • Commitments – we must honour

  • Opportunities – which may not be repeated

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Why now?

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

Jane langfield@birmingham gov uk www bgfl org edevelopment l.jpg

[email protected]www.bgfl.org/edevelopment