The use of an e-learning constructivist solution in workplace learning
Stephenson, Julie E.
Tempest, Helen G.
Mileham, Alan J
Griffin, Darren K.
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AbstractWe wished 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. The approach involved the development of an e-learning package which included simulations and interactivity, then experimental testing in a case study workplace environment with the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data to assess the effectiveness of the package. 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 aid and used as a model system for the training of employees in complex skilled tasks in the workplace. This research demonstrates 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 powerful tools in the design of successful e-learning packages in preparing learners for real world practical situations. Finally this study shows that workplace learners can be better served by e-learning environments rather than conventional training 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
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Payne, Andrew and Stephenson, Julie E. and Morris, W.B. and Tempest, Helen G. and Mileham, Alan J and Griffin, Darren K. (2009) The use of an e-learning constructivist solution in workplace learning. In: 25th Conference of the European-Association-of-Cognitive-Ergonomics/European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. ECCE (European-Association-of-Cognitive-Ergonomics/European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics), 39 (3). Elsevier Science BV, PO Box 211, 1000 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands pp. 548-553. (doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2008.10.019 <http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2008.10.019 >) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)