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Collaborative e-learning in rail: final report

In a geographically dispersed industry such as rail, technology plays an important role in learning. This project sought to obtain an indication of attitudes towards e-learning and capabilities and capacities regarding technology. A portal was developed to allow for sharing of knowledge and communication between rail organisations and across the industry. Overall, the project showed that the future is bright for e-learning in the rail industry.

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Authors: Becker, Karen; Fleming, Julie; Jamieson, Kieren;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Industry; Workforce development;

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Opportunities for the Employment of Simulation in US Air Force Training Environments: a workshop report

Simulators currently provide an alternative to aircraft when it comes to training requirements, both for the military and for commercial airlines. For the US Air Force, in particular, simulation for training offers a cost-effective way, and in many instances a safer way in comparison with live flying, to replicate real-world missions. Current technical issues related to simulation for training include simulation fidelity and multi-level security, among others, which will need to be addressed in order for the Air Force to take full advantage of this technology. The workshop held in November, 2014 examined the current status of simulation training, alternative uses, current and future technologies, and how the combination of simulation and live training can improve aircrew training. The scope of the workshop focused on technologies and practices that could be applicable to high-end aircraft simulations.

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Conference name: Opportunities for the Employment of Simulation in US Air Force Training Environments: a Workshop
Corporate authors: Committee on Opportunities for the Employment of Simulation in US Air Force Training Environments: a Workshop
National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Air Force Studies Board
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: North America; United States
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Workforce development; Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning;

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The implementation of distance learning programme at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN): a case study

With a student population of over 180,000 (as at 2013), the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a leading higher education institution in Nigeria. NOUN’s student enrolment figure is by far higher than enrolment figures in well over 20 private universities put together in Nigeria. It is among the first four leading institutions that have significantly enhanced access into higher education institutions in Nigeria. The implementation of a distance learning programme in a territorially large country like Nigeria is a big challenge. NOUN has taken bold steps in the implementation of its distance learning programme since its establishment. For example, it has many study centres all over the country geared towards expanding access. However, the quality of learning and graduates produced by the distance learning institutions in Nigeria has remained a controversial issue among stakeholders in the education sector. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which NOUN has effectively implemented its distance learning programme. A descriptive survey design was employed to execute the study. A stratified random sampling technique was used to select 140 respondents out of a population of 2,500 students. A structured questionnaire was the main instrument used for data collection. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data collected. The findings among others revealed that instructional process used in NOUN was effective; the educational resources were not adequate and satisfactory; and the quality of assessment and feedback mechanism used in NOUN was high. However, the various schools significantly differed with respect to the quality of assessment and feedback mechanism used in NOUN. It was therefore recommended among others, that NOUN should enhance its information and communications technology (ICT) capability in its instructional process and that quality and equity should be the guiding principles behind all learning assessment.

With a student population of over 180,000 (as at 2013), the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a leading higher ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Obasi, Susan N.; Akuchie, Rosemary C.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Nigeria
Journal title: Journal of education and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Teaching and learning;

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Skills investment plan for Scotland's ICT and digital technologies sector

The [information and communication technology] ICT and digital technologies Skills Investment Plan (SIP) is a partnership document which has been facilitated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of Scottish Government. SDS has worked closely with industry to develop this ICT and digital technologies SIP and will continue to work with industry and public sector partners in its implementation. The SIP development has been sector-led and published by SDS. It has been informed by a review and synthesis of existing research, in particular e-skills UK 'Technology Insights' and ScotlandIS 'Scottish Technology Industry Surveys'. It has been validated through extensive employer and stakeholder consultations.

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Corporate authors: Skills Development Scotland
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Scotland; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Industry; Skills and knowledge; Technology;

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Rise of the machines: the effects of labor-saving innovations on jobs and wages

How do firms respond to technological advances that facilitate the automation of tasks? Which tasks will they automate, and what types of worker will be replaced as a result? [The authors] present a model that distinguishes between a task's engineering complexity and its training requirements. When two tasks are equally complex, firms will automate the task that requires more training and in which labor is hence more expensive. Under quite general conditions this leads to job polarization, a decline in middle wage jobs relative to both high and low wage jobs. [The authors'] theory explains recent and historical instances of job polarization as caused by labor-replacing technologies, such as computers, the electric motor, and the steam engine, respectively. The model makes novel predictions regarding occupational training requirements, which [the authors] find to be consistent with US data.

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Authors: Feng, Andy; Graetz, Georg
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Discussion paper
Series name: IZA discussion paper
Subjects: Technology; Employment; Teaching and learning;

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Offshoring of medium-skill jobs, polarization, and productivity effect: implications for wages and low-skill unemployment

[The authors] examine the effects of endogenous offshoring on cost-efficiency, wages and unemployment in a task-assignment model with skill heterogeneity. Exact conditions for the following insights are derived. The distributional effect of offshoring (high-) low-skill-intensive tasks is similar to (unskilled-) skill-biased technology changes, while offshoring medium-skill-intensive tasks induces wage polarization. Offshoring improves cost-efficiency through international task reallocation and puts a downward pressure on all wages through domestic skill-task reallocation. If elasticities of task substitution are low (high), the downward pressure on wages in neighboring skill segments is low (high) with a net effect of higher (lower) wages and employment.

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Authors: Vallizadeh, Ehsan; Muysken, Joan; Ziesemer, Thomas
Date: 2015
Resource type: Paper
Series name: MPRA paper
Subjects: Employment; Income; Finance;

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TAFE computing, 1st edition, April 1986

A newsletter published at least three times per year produced by, and for [technical and further education] TAFE staff members to inform of recent initiatives and trends in microcomputing within the Department. Contains news items, reviews and articles.

A newsletter published at least three times per year produced by, and for [technical and further education] TAFE staff ...  Show Full Abstract  

Corporate authors: South Australia. Department of Technical and Further Education (DTAFE)
Date: 1986
Geographic subjects: South Australia; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Technology; Providers of education and training

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A performance-oriented approach to e-learning in the workplace

Despite the ever-increasing practice of using e-learning in the workplace, most of the applications perform poorly in motivating employees to learn. Most workplace e-learning applications fail to meet the needs of learners and ultimately fail to serve the organization's quest for success. To solve this problem, we need to examine what workplace e-learning requires and how workplace e-learning systems should be developed in line with those requirements. [The authors] investigated the problem by identifying the fundamental elements of the workplace learning environment including the learner, organization, learning content and social context, and their relationships. [The authors] found that workplace e-learning should align individual and organizational learning needs, connect learning and work performance, and support social interaction among individuals. To achieve this, a performance-oriented approach is proposed in this study. Key performance indicators are utilized to clarify organizational goals, make sense of work context and requests on work performance, and accordingly help employees set up rational learning objectives and enhance their learning process. Using this approach, a prototype system has been developed and a set of experiments have been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.

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Authors: Wang, Minhong; Ran, Weijia; Liao, Jian;
Date: 2010
Journal title: Journal of educational technology and society
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Workforce development;

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Interactive research on innovations in vocational education and training (VET): lessons from Dutch and German cases

This article focuses on two examples of interactive research (IR) in vocational education and training. IR is a process which brings together practitioners and researchers with the aim to implement an innovation. This innovation in the first project meant to create a hybrid learning environment; in the second it supported introducing digital media in a training centre. The process of innovating thereby turned into a learning process for all concerned persons: original ideas of the concerned concepts matured; boundaries between research and practice were crossed; and new, sometimes surprising ideas for further development emanated. These experiences point attention towards the processes of research and innovation instead of only documenting results in the sense of summative evaluation. They also show that IR requires a certain framework in order to enable important learning cycles.

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Authors: Burchert, Joanna; Hoeve, Aimee; Kamarainen, Pekka
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Netherlands; Germany; Europe
Journal title: International journal for research in vocational education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Innovation; Teaching and learning;

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E-Learning in the workplace: an annotated bibliography

This report presents an annotated bibliography of 162 papers relating to the use of e-learning in workplaces in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The objectives are to: provide an overview of the literature on the use of e-learning in the workplace; assist businesses who have implemented or are considering implementing e-learning; assist trainers, government agencies, and institutions in their planning and implementation of e-learning; and extract important findings. The bibliography has been grouped into three categories: (1) introduction to e-learning - literature that is introductory and most likely to be relevant to those considering implementing e-learning in the workplace; (2) further development of e-learning - literature that may assist those who have implemented e-learning but wish to develop it further; and (3) experience with e-learning - literature with more complexity about e-learning programmes and future developments.

This report presents an annotated bibliography of 162 papers relating to the use of e-learning in workplaces in New Zealand, ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Guiney, Peter
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Australia; Oceania;
Resource type: Report
Series name: Tertiary education occasional paper (New Zealand. Ministry of Education)
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Participation;

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