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Web 2.0 applications as alternative environments for informal learning: a critical review

Enthusiastic educational commentators are casting the internet in a new light through the emergence of so-called 'Web 2.0' technologies, which place learners at the centre of online activities and facilitate supposedly new forms of creation, collaboration, and consumption. [Some] educationalists have even heralded a 'Web 2.0 transformation of learning' with 'potentially groundbreaking implications for the field of education' (Thomas 2008). Yet such enthusiasm has been tempered by a more sceptical reaction throughout other sectors of the educational and technology communities.

Enthusiastic educational commentators are casting the internet in a new light through the emergence of so-called 'Web 2.0' ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Selwyn, Neil
Conference name: CERI-KERIS International Expert Meeting on ICT and Educational Performance
Date: 2007
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Research

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Training and development, vol. 41, no. 3, June 2014

Feature articles in this issue include: E-learning panel discussion at [Australian Institute of Training and Development] AITD2014 (pages 8-11); Wearable technologies: shaping the future of learning / Anne Bartlett-Bragg (pages 13-14); Using social media to enable lifelong learning / Martin Swan and Gerald Keating (pages 16-17); Is gamification right for your business / Nicola MacDonald (pages 18-19); Virtually networking / Lisa Butler (pages 20-21); The productivity ladder / Colin Boyd (pages 26-27); Using correct terminology for learning resources / Darshan Shetty (pages 28-29).

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Corporate authors: Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; New Zealand; Oceania
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Lifelong learning

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Impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on employee competencies and innovation

Among the plethora of available tools to enhance employee competencies, massive online open courses (MOOCs) are an emerging phenomenon. Having grown in popularity these courses have recently started penetrating the corporate environments. As MOOCs are still at a very early stage, it is mostly in the last two years that their models and impact are starting to be analysed in scientific articles. The purpose of this work is to understand the exact impact that MOOCs can have on the workforce and especially to innovation which is a key competitive advantage for any corporation and is of paramount importance in knowledge economies.

Among the plethora of available tools to enhance employee competencies, massive online open courses (MOOCs) are an emerging ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Karnouskos, Stamatis; Holmlund, Martin
Date: 2014
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Globalisation; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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Training and development, vol. 40, no. 3, June 2013

Feature articles in this issue include: Change management: your roadmap to training success / Siobhan Sutherland Rogers (pages 4-6); Recognition of prior learning: benefits and challenges / Wendy Cato (pages 7-9); Does your talent measure up?: recognising the link between learning and performance / Sean Conrad (pages 10-12); A frontline perspective / Paul White (pages 14-15); Uncovering the motivation to learn / Deborah Keep (pages 16-17); New Age industries and flexible work: and how (and why) to train flexible workers / Brendan Moloney (pages 18-20); Implementing a learning management system: lessons learned / Bronte Moran (pages 22-23); The state of mobile learning: part two / Anne Bartlett-Bragg (pages 24-26); Does an iPad have a place in business? / Annette Bannon (pages 27-29); Guru quest: the 3-Rs of the training guRRRu’s journey / Scott Jacovou-Johnson (pages 30-31).

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Corporate authors: Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; New Zealand; Oceania
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Management; Pathways; Workforce development;

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The institutional policy presence: from policy to practice

This inquiry explored the effect of policy on faculty practice and pedagogy in e-learning in higher education. This study was framed by descriptive policy analysis which would lead to a better understanding of the way policies work - or do not work. It sought to identify the effect of educational/administrative policy by triangulating policy directives and their effect on faculty practice. The descriptive case study method was used to tell the story of the faculty who teach using e-learning. Qualitative data were gathered through on-site interviews, document analysis and a survey questionnaire. There was a blend of forced-choice and open-ended questions which were later thematically analyzed.

This inquiry explored the effect of policy on faculty practice and pedagogy in e-learning in higher education. This study ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Maitland, Jason
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Canada; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Policy; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning;

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Greater access to higher education through communication technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: e-learning readiness of distance education students in Nigeria

This concurrent mixed methods study sought to determine e-learning readiness by distance education students in Nigeria based on their level of communication technology usage and perceptions of distance education delivery methods, and comparing learning experiences via the Internet and via study centre methods in Nigeria. This exploratory study, using a quantitative survey instrument, measured the current levels of students' technology usage, while a qualitative interview instrument was used to examine students' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of communication technology by distance education students in Nigeria.

This concurrent mixed methods study sought to determine e-learning readiness by distance education students in Nigeria based ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Onovughakpo, Fakinlede Charity
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Nigeria; Africa
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Technology;

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Supporting online, non-traditional students through the introduction of effective e-learning tools in a pre-university tertiary enabling programme

The increasing number of external students enrolling at Charles Darwin University has led to the university investing in new technologies to provide better support for students studying online. Many students, however, come from non-traditional backgrounds and lack some of the skills and confidence to participate successfully in an e-learning environment at university. This article discusses the findings of a pilot study conducted in a pre-university tertiary enabling programme.

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Authors: Lambrinidis, George
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Northern Territory; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Journal of higher education policy and management
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Students; Teaching and learning; Higher education;

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Exploring learning experiences and outcomes among cardiologists participating in a web conference workshop series

Opportunities for supporting physician continuing professional development (CPD) may exist through careful instructional design and creative use of information and communication technology. The overarching goal of this study was to explore the learning experiences and outcomes of cardiologists participating in a web conference ('webinar') series to understand the factors that can support webinars in being an appealing and satisfying CPD medium for these learners. Cardiologists voluntarily participated in an educational webinar series in which they shared their observations and experiences. Informed by the results of a systematic review of physician eLearning design preferences, this dissertation serves as a mechanism to learn about how webinars can be implemented to support learning and practice change within a population of highly specialized physician learners.

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Authors: Pullen, Carolyn E.
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Canada; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Workforce development; Technology; Industry;

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Outcomes of incorporating e-learning in school VET delivery: how has Gen Y benefited from the 1:1 laptop program?

The VET in Schools (VETiS) program is a great initiative in Australian education policy developments in recent years. Schools have broadened [vocational education and training] VET choices available to young people, providing pathways that were not previously available. Much research in this field has identified the benefits of the VETiS program for improving retention rates, providing enhanced articulation pathways to further study and employment opportunities.

The VET in Schools (VETiS) program is a great initiative in Australian education policy developments in recent years. ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Ryan, Catherine
Conference name: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Technology; Teaching and learning;

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Workers' training using the e-learning methodology through entrepreneurs confederations in Spain

Workers' training is a theme that is present in the most current academic and political debates. It plays a very important role in educational, economical, business and social development in our environment. E-learning is a training methodology that is acquiring a special relevance in workplace learning as well as public programmes for training for employment. This study will go deeper into these concepts and is centred on a quantitative analysis of a workers' training programme that has been managed using the e-learning methodology by [an] entrepreneur association in Spain. It is made up of two different parts. In the first part [the author] will carry out an epistemological approach of training for workers and a definition of training for employment in Spain. The second section analyses a training for employment programme that has been developed by one of the principal entrepreneur associations in Spain.

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Authors: Hernandez Carrera, Rafael M.
Conference name: European Research Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Spain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Industry; Workforce development

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