“The 2007 surveys show use of technology in vocational education and training (VET) has quadrupled in three years since the first benchmarking survey in 2005. The 2005 survey revealed 6-8% of VET activity involved technology, which rose to 17% in 2006 and now 29% in 2007”.
Another study, reported in the Australian Journal of Educational Technology, reports that the “analysis supports the proposition that the criteria of newness, complexity, compatibility and locus of control are associated with shaping the likelihood that vocational teachers will use online functionalities at least monthly. Newness, complexity and compatibility are described as a relationship between the teacher and the technology. Locus of control is described as focusing on the likely impact of online functionalities on the pedagogic relationship between the teacher and learners”.
Let’s hope e-learning is not just about the technology!
One important question to consider is how effective is e-learning when compared to traditional forms of learning, in both education and business settings? Kar-tin Lee has a nice summary of the literature in E-learning: the quest for effectiveness.
In another article, Lim, Nee and Lam offer another research perspective (subscription required) to “discover the determinants of effective online training and to reveal how those variables affect learning performance and transfer performance”. Finally, Judith Strother’s article has some interesting things to say on e-learning effectiveness in the business environment.
Perhaps e-learning still has some way to go to achieve greater acceptance and enthusiasm outside the education sector.