Dec 052012

At the HKKMS event on the 16th November David O’Dwyer and Iain Doherty presented and lead a stimulating discussion on the eLearning space in academia and in corporates.

Iain kicked off with a thought provoking discussion about the current lack of genuine success with eLearning implementations within academic institutions.  The typical approach is to utilise Learning Management Systems as a document and reference repository and the full potential of the technologies are not yet fully exploited.  Professors and lecturers in higher education are judged on their research output rather than their innovations in teaching, so moving teaching staff away from a “content delivery” approach to learning to “Connectivism”, especially with the modern connected/social web world, remains a challenge.   The discussions also touched on what would success look like and how to measure whether you have been successful.

A recorded webinar of Iain’s talk can be found on SlideShare.  Click on the following link to access


David (Dod) spoke of his experiences working with eLearning within corporate environments.  Companies have spent significant $$$ on supported technologies such as LMS’, virtual classroom systems, examinations systems and they go to considerable effort to integrate these to other enterprise tools such as ERP, Performance management etc, much energy and time is also put into the development of engaging interactive online content, aimed, primarily to meet compliance, and regulatory training needs.  Significant benefits are been realised on a cost saving or from a cost avoidance perspective, however the original vision of eLearning and a single learning portal and the learning organisation have not been realised.  The plethora of new tools and new approaches for communications and collaboration has meant that staff are looking first at their team sites or their corporate intranets for the information that they need and not to their Learning Management Systems or Corporate ‘Learning portals’.  Companies are successfully experimenting with social media tools and collaborative team spaces and the challenge is how current eLearning offerings can add value to this reality.   Essentially corporate wide content strategies are lagging behind the business needs and also IT departments are not able to react in time, resulting in different groups moving on and doing their own thing, this is leading to increased fragmentation and an exacerbation of the issues.   Challenges indeed.

David’s PPT can be found HERE

Solutions?  Watch this space.

Nov 092012

It is over a decade since Andy Grove of Intel fame predicted that eLearning will be the next big thing but instead of exploding on the scene, the growth of eLearning has been slow and steady. Lessons have been learned as many early implementations failed to meet expectations and helped identify the barriers to success , and where eLearning was effective and where it was not.

The next meeting of the Society will present the views of two practitioners in the field of eLearning, Iain Doherty and David “Dod” O’Dwyer, to update you on what has been achieved, and how the field of eLearning could be developed.

The event is free for HKKMS members and $200 for non-members..

Date and time : Friday 16th November 2012 (6.30pm – 8.00 pm)

Venue: Conference Room 2, 22/F, United Centre 95 Queensway (Admiralty MTR Station)

Registration for the event has finished. Keep an eye out for more events and commentary.


This session will be informal and interactive and will revolve around presentations of eLearning perspectives from academia and the corporate world and will work well with audience participation, so prepare to be involved and engaged.

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Feb 242010

Presenter : Dr. Brian J. Garner, Emeritus Professor and CEO-Knowledge Networks Pty. Ltd.

Business and Governments, including University Communities, are demanding greater rethink on their investments in Education and Retraining, given the pressures for improved productivity, innovation skills and Self-directed Learning/Empowerment for Professional s and Entrepreneurs!

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