E-Learning and the Global Workforce: Social and Cultural Implications for Workplace Adult Education and Training

E-Learning and the Global Workforce: Social and Cultural Implications for Workplace Adult Education and Training

K. Remtulla (University of Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-213-8.ch017
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Abstract

Workplaces are transforming in the global age. Jobs are expanding and varying. Workers are more and more participating in a global workforce comprising people who are socially and demographically diverse, multicultural, multifaceted, and whose views on workplace priorities, accountabilities, performance, and productivity may be socially and culturally very different from one another. Ultimately, these trends infer that how workers are educated and trained in the workplace must also evolve to meet a dynamic cohort of employees with a progressively complex profile of learning needs. To make matters more interesting, one of the most noticeable trends in the workplace today is ‘e-learning,’ which is frequently upheld as the panacea for workplace adult education and training needs. This chapter is about e-learning, the global workforce, and their social and cultural implications for workplace adult education and training in the global age.

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