How effective is e-learning really? | The Oxford Review - OR Briefings

How effective is e-learning really?

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Keywords: learning, e-learning, online learning, distributed learning, distance learning, knowledge, skills, knowledge development, skills development, healthcare

Probably the largest change to learning in recent years is the advent and adoption of e-learning or online/distributed learning in organisations. More and more topics and aspects of organisational learning are now being delivered through e-learning methods. However, it is important to note that e-learning is not just about a delivery method, but rather it is underpinned by an entire pedagogical approach as to what types of learning are effective in what contexts.

A number of previous studies have shown that e-learning can be effective, especially when it involves active, interactive, and collaborative learning approaches and is particularly useful in asynchronous environments.

E-learning has been extensively studied in a range of different contexts and, in particular, the medical education arena, where a lot of scholarly and evidence-based research has been conducted.

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