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What is learning about in research on e-learning in the workplace?
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Dalarna Univ, Falun, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Edulearn13: 5th international conference on education and new learning technologies, IATED-Int Assoc Technology Education A& Development , 2013, 976-982 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The context for this paper revolves around the wide, complex and interdisciplinary body of research on e-learning in the workplace. In practitioner's literature and in research, e-learning is often being referred to as a new learning paradigm, which indeed puts an focus on learning and raises questions on what learning is about in this new paradigm. The purpose for this article is to capture the ways in which learning is being "talked about" in academic articles on e-learning in the workplace during the period of 2000-2013.

Design/methodology/approach: The methodological point of departure is that "language matters" and is telling us something about how "reality" is being constructed within a certain context. Academic articles and abstracts on the topic e-learning in the workplace are being reviewed in order to look into the "learning metaphors" that emerges.

Findings: As a whole, most research articles focuses on topics like design, learning models, effectiveness and employee motivation and attitudes. Primarily results show that learning is being referred to as "learning just-in-time, that e-learning "facilitates" learning or provide "effective or flexible learning in time and space". The critical notions are mainly about issues on lack of methods for implementation, foreseeing the importance of employees' motivation to participate in successful e-learning programs. The dominant learning terminologies reveal that knowledge and learning are viewed as commodities and lack theoretical underpinnings. Learning from that perspective is at the risk of becoming an eroding concept that takes the learning out of the e-learning replacing it with an unproblematic view on the epistemology of learning, which is not beneficial to either its practitioners or users.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IATED-Int Assoc Technology Education A& Development , 2013. 976-982 p.
Series
EDULEARN Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1117
Keyword [en]
learning, e-learning, discourses, knowledge society, workplace learning
National Category
Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54892ISI: 000346798301003ISBN: 978-84-616-3822-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54892DiVA: diva2:1067728
Conference
5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), JUL 01-03, 2013, Barcelona, SPAIN
Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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