Research and knowledge management

E-learning in Tertiary Education: Where do We Stand


E-learning is becoming increasingly prominent in tertiary education. Rationales for its growth are wide-ranging, complex and contested, including widening access, on-campus pedagogic innovation, enhancement of distance learning, organisational change, knowledge-sharing and revenue generation.

"E-learning" in this book refers to the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance and/or support learning in post-secondary education. This implies that "e-learning" refers to both wholly online provision and campus-based or other distance-based provision supplemented with ICT in some way. The supplementary model would encompass activities ranging from the most basic use of ICT (e.g. use of PCs for word processing of assignments) through to more advanced adoption (e.g. specialist disciplinary software, handheld devices, learning management systems, adaptive hypermedia, artificial intelligence devices, simulations, etc.), with a presiding interest in more advanced