The e-learning revolution
E-learning has followed the pattern of the Internet – a journey from unrealistic ‘hype’ to a more modest but increasingly important reality. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, e-learning was discussed in dramatic terms as a revolution in learning technology that would become a massive industry in a few years. However, uptake was slow and largely confined to organizations with a strong focus on information technology. Today, e-learning is increasingly seen as one among many possible elements of open learning and workplace training programmes. In the first section of this chapter we examine the nature of e-learning programmes, why and how they have (or have not) been adopted, and their basic methodology. In the second section we go on to discuss the nature of e-learning content, learning management systems and organizational learning centres.