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Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating E-Learning Initiatives

  • ID: 42763
  • December 2002
  • 132 pages
  • American Productivity & Quality Center, APQC
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Distance learning has existed for a long time. Originally it was just a book in the mail. Later there were correspondence courses. When computers became available, educators were tempted by this new means to deliver education at a distance. Today, what was once an obscure sidebar to education has become big business. People now talk about e-learning, but they still mean distance education. At first, the value of the computer may seem to be its ability to deliver information anytime and anywhere, but its value in education is potentially much more important. When the flight simulator was invented, what was important about it was not its ability to be used in a remote location. Rather its value was founded in its ability to enable one to learn to fly without risk, to accumulate the experience but never to be harmed by the experience. It was the beginning of simulated experiential learning.

In schools today, experiential learning, or learning by doing, is hard to find because it is so hard to implement. The paradigm of a classroom of 30 students and one teacher does not lend itself to much interaction. No educator really believes that lecturing is the best means of education, but READ MORE >

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- Sponsor and Partner Organizations

A listing of the sponsor organizations in this study, as well as the best-practice (“partner”) organizations that were benchmarked for their innovation and advancements using e-learning.

- Executive Summary

A bird’s-eye view of the study, presenting the key findings discovered and the methodology used throughout the course of the study. The findings are explored in detail in following sections.

- Study Findings

An in-depth look at the findings of this study. The findings are supported by quantitative data and qualitative examples of practices employed by the
partner organizations.

- Partner Organization Case Studies

Background information on the partner organizations as well as their innovative e-learning practices.

- Index

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