Viable organizations use learning concepts to obtain competitive advantage and to leverage the organization’s knowledge. To remain viable, a learning organization embraces electronic communication and the World Wide Web to address increasing competitive forces and changing consumer wants. To focus these efforts, we discuss the importance of developing a curricula framework that meets the organization’s business and learning objectives and present examples of an e-learning system’s online catalog’s features and functionality.
Creating Curricula Frameworks
Once the needs assessment is complete and leadership has identified the learning and business objectives founding the training initiatives, then the curricula frameworks can be created using this ten-step process:
Key Terms in this Chapter
Needs Assessment: The process by which the current state of operations and the desired state of operations are analyzed against each other to identify operating gaps that need to be addressed before the organization can attain the desired state of operations.
Knowledge Worker: A term developed by Peter Drucker in 1959 to identify workers that process information to develop knowledge and to generate theories and concepts in the workplace.
Learning Organization: An organization having a culture that systematically values continuous individual learning and shared knowledge and that consciously applies these elements to improve its quality and operating performance.
E-Learning: Learning activities that are supported by and facilitated through electronic communications delivery methods and technologies, such as the Internet, computer networks, interactive television, satellite broadcast, Web-based conferencing, remote access, virtual classrooms, group, and collaborative software, CD-ROM, DVD, and audio and videotape.
Curricula: A program of study consisting of related or sequential courses or educational activities that address specific learning objectives.
Continuing Education: Programs, seminars, courses, and other learning activities designed to enhance one’s personal and professional development, and which are often related to professional certification or licensing designations that verify a specific level of expertise.