E-learner experiences: Learning from the pioneers

Andrew Ettinger, Viki Holton, Eddie Blass

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Purpose - To share the experiences of e-learning pioneers with regard to the cultural change necessary for e-learning to be successfully adopted in an organisation. Design/methodology/approach - Based on 29 research case studies. Findings - A cultural change needs to take place in organisations for e-learners to engage in the process. Blending e-learning with other forms of learning can be a useful introduction to the discipline, but enthusiasm soon wears off. Common resistances to the concept are explored including lack of time and the loneliness of e-learning, and how the "any where, any time" element of the provision can be as much of a hindrance as of a help. Practical implications - Suggestions given for ways of overcoming the difficulties encountered by the case study organisations. Originality/value - Reflections of early adopters of e-learning highlights areas of success and difficulty to help other organisations to avoid the same pitfalls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-290
Number of pages5
JournalIndustrial and Commercial Training
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2005


  • Computer based learning
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational culture
  • User studies


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