E-training or E-learning?

Towards a synthesis for the knowledge-era workplace
  • Paul Nicholson
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 167)


Many E-training environments and processes are based on participatory learning models in which participants share their understandings and aim to develop new insights into their workplace knowledge through discussion, questioning, mentoring and personal reflection. Knowledge production is assumed to occur through the cumulative effect of these actions. However, equally likely outcomes include the sharing of ignorance or the development of erroneous understandings. Cognitive and social views of learning posit, however, that humans learn by thinking (not just by interacting), and that unless this is explicitly taken into account in developing training programs, optimal learning outcomes may not be achieved. This paper examines the importance of incorporating cognitive and social-learning perspectives in E-training environments in order to maximise the potential for optimal learning to occur, and provides suggestions for a synthesis of participatory and cognitive models.

Key words

learning models cognition collaborative learning 


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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Nicholson
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin University AustraliaAustralia

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