E-learning's contribution to workforce development
Prepared by the University of Sydney's Workplace Research Centre, the 2013 research report on E-learning's contribution to workforce development examines the evolving of e-learning to workforce development and productivity.
The research applied the matrix model developed from the 2011 research "Enabling workforce development: Insights from industries using e-learning" and focused on evidence-based in-depth case studies regarding e-learning's contribution to workforce development across:
The research assessed the factors in the matrix to determine whether they are still major issues in workplaces, or whether there are other factors presenting greater hindrances to the uptake of training. This matrix identifies the type of critical workforce development challenges e-learning can help overcome. This is analysed at three levels of economic activity: individual, workplace and industry.
Form of employment
Literacy & learning challenges
Awareness of training
Type of training
Past learning experiences
The refined matrix helps to identify areas in which e-learning can promote skills growth. These factors are grouped into three categories:
- Access refers to particular characteristics which can result in ease or difficulty receiving or providing training.
- Motivation refers to the drivers that impel training, or may instead discourage the uptake of training.
- Experience refers to previous encounters, as well as knowledge and expertise which can facilitate participation in, or distribution of, training.
The report highlights that e-learning and its use is evolving and can contribute to the following additional areas:
- Improving access to training
- Improving the motivation to engage with training
- The flexibility of accessing e-learning can improve experiences of learning
- The benefits and impacts of e-learning relate to learning design and support
The research uncovered instances of e-learning contributing to workplace productivity:
- Direct impacts involving less disruption of work, and deeper learning
- Indirect impacts, of greater confidence with technology and faster integration of technology into work processes
This research explores the use of e-learning in industry sectors supported by the National VET E-learning Strategy’s Industry System Change business activity predominantly in 2012-13.
- Research report: E-learning's contribution to workforce development (May 2013): MS Word (2MB) and PDF (2.5MB)
- This research was featured in Flex e-News (June 2013 edition): E-learning's contribution to workforce development
- The 2011 research: Research shows how e-learning can support workforce development