The use of an e-learning constructivist solution in workplace learning Conference

Stephenson, JE, Morris, WB, Tempest, HG et al. (2007). The use of an e-learning constructivist solution in workplace learning . 250 133-138. 10.1145/1362550.1362577

cited authors

  • Stephenson, JE; Morris, WB; Tempest, HG; Griffin, DK; Mileham, A; Payne, AM

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  • Motivation - To investigate whether an e-learning approach which uses constructivist principles can be successfully applied to train employees in a highly specialised skill thought to require expert individuals and extensive prolonged training. Research approach - The approach involved the development of an e-learning package which included simulations and interactivity, then experimental testing in the workplace environment with the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data to assess the effectiveness of the package. Findings - Our study shows that this e-learning strategy improved the skills of the inexperienced operator significantly. We therefore propose that such programmes could be used as a work based training aids and used as a model system for the training of employees in complex skilled tasks in the workplace. Research Implications - This research illustrates that the e-learning can be applied outside the traditional learning environment to train unskilled employees to undertake complex practical tasks which traditionally would involve prohibitively expensive instruction. This work also illustrates that simulations and interactivity are a powerful tools in the design of successful e-learning packages in preparing learners for real world practical situations. We would suggest that workplace learners can be better served by e-learning environments as they allow asynchronous learning and private study which are valued by employees who have other demands on their time and are more comfortable receiving tuition privately. Originality/Value - This research uniquely demonstrates the harnessing of simulations and interactivity in an e-learning environment for high skill level workplace training. Take away message - In conclusion we present an e-learning solution to the teaching of a complex task which at present is seen as too costly and specialised to be worth sending employees on a traditional training course to learn. The use of constructivism principles to aid its design, along with acknowledged e-learning best practice demonstrates that this medium can be used successfully in the training of highly specialised and skilled tasks required in the modern workplace.

publication date

  • December 1, 2007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9781847998491

start page

  • 133

end page

  • 138


  • 250