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Basics of E-Learning—Training Technology by Elisabeth Rossen, MBA, Darin Hartley

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Chapter . Basics of E-Learning

What is it about e-learning that has everyone stirred up? What is e-learning? And, why should trainers, performance consultants, and training managers care about it? Is this something you really need to worry about? Can't trainers just continue to be the “sage on the stage?”

The fact is that e-learning—which is anything delivered, enabled, or mediated by electronic technology for the explicit purpose of learning—is here now and will be even more prevalent in the coming decades. The proliferation and the extensive growth of personal and professional Internet activity has set the stage for the booming growth of e-learning.

In a November 1999 study, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Equity Research estimated that the e-learning ...

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