E-Learning with the Network: The Importance of ‘Always On' Connectivity

E-Learning with the Network: The Importance of ‘Always On' Connectivity

Katia Passerini (New Jersey Institute of Technolgoy, USA) and Diana Walsh (New Jersey Institute of Technolgoy, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jvcsn.2009010104
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This article reviews the use of e-learning in various organizations. It highlights recent changes in e-learning paradigms such as the shift from an individual to a social event where the power of the network is fully exploited by immersing learners in an interconnected educational experience. The discussion also maintains that the path to an effective e-learning growth entails the use of “temporary virtual communities” which are convened for a specific amount of time to achieve the same educational objectives. While current programs are not yet aligned with learners’ preferences, organizations are starting to understand emerging learning patterns and the new generations’ need for continuous interactivity, communication and collaboration in an ‘always on’ connectivity model.

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