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Title: Changing the model of workplace e-learning : a platform to facilitate autonomous social e-learning for adult learners : innovation report
Author: Betts, Benjamin W.
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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E-learning has a significant blind spot (Dalziel, 2003). The predominant existing model of delivering instructional 'Courseware' via a Learning Management System (LMS) is expensive to produce and often isolating; eschewing many seminal lessons concerning the importance of social context in a learning scenario (Dewey, 1938). Following a review of literature, a new method of facilitating workplace Elearning was devised, focused on user-generated content and the notion of a more social E-learning experience. This new method has subsequently been dubbed the Curatr Learning Cycle (CLC). To encourage user participation, a technique known as gamification was harnessed; the use of digital game-like progress measures in a non-game context. A software platform was devised to enable the new approach to be tested in the real world. Following positive testing results, the software platform received a wide commercial launch and became known as ‘Curatr’. Using the CLC as a template of the actions that need to be facilitated for an effective social E-learning experience, organisations can create workplace E-learning that is quick to deploy, low cost and highly effective. The CLC and Curatr represent a potentially disruptive innovation to the workplace E-learning marketplace, with the possibility to displace earlier technology and existing methods. Since its launch, Curatr has been recognised nationally and internationally as a disruptive innovation in workplace E-learning. The software has led to the commercial turnaround of its parent organisation and has been deployed to businesses globally. Research conducted as part of this project has led to the publication of journal articles, book chapters and conference papers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Eng.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; LB Theory and practice of education ; T Technology (General)