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Brighton, United Kingdom, 2005/12/11 - “E-learning is just not the right word anymore…it’s got more to do with e-working and performance support” says Jane Knight, founder of the E-learning Centre, in an audio interview with Stephen Walsh of Kineo.
Jane Knight, founder of the E-learning Centre has shared some of the things that drive her mad in the e-learning world.
In a recent interview with Stephen Walsh from Kineo, the new learning consultancy, she lamented that people still don’t see beyond the idea of e-learning as a formal course. “E-learning is so much more than that, it’s about collaboration, communication between learners and the sharing of knowledge and experiences…people think of e-learning as formal courses and all this other stuff as something else”. She noted that it may be a definition problem: “E-learning is just not the right word anymore…it’s got more to do with e-working and performance support”.
Knight and Walsh went on to talk about that ‘other stuff’, particularly the huge growth in free tools for e-learning development. “For small companies with tiny budgets, these tools are a godsend…the great thing about them is that e-learning is now within everyone’s budget”, she commented, drawing attention to Skype, Moodle, and Wink as prime examples, all of which are described in detail in Kineo’s free report, “50 ideas for free e-learning”, available online.
They’re not without their challenges though. Knight noted that “Just because they’re free doesn’t mean they should be used just for that reason”. Walsh agreed: “You need to consider urgency, how volatile is the content, and audience size…then determine if a free tool can help you.”
The wide-ranging discussion also covered collaboration and communities, e-learning trends of 2005 and predictions for 2006.
This is the latest in Kineo’s series of audio interviews with key influencers in the learning and training market.
Kineo is a leading consultancy practice providing advisory services, research and niche e-learning products to support learning and development teams in the public and private sectors. Founded in November 2005 by Matthew Fox, Mark Harrison, Steve Rayson and Stephen Walsh, Kineo is a limited liability partnership with offices in Brighton.
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