A Prescriptive Study of Early Trends in Implementing E-learning in the UK Higher Education Sector

Nicos Souleles, ITForum, Jan 30, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The best parts of this paper are the beginning and the end, as the author analyses the management theories behind the implementation of e-learning at universities in Britain. Most institutions are to more or less a degree moving to what may be called 'post-Fordism', that is, a post-industrial mode of management style. And this is reflected in - and sometimes caused by - their rollout of e-learning. The bit in the middle consists of a survey of 'ten institutions'. The responders appear to be from the higher echelons, but this isn't certain. And they display a preference for decisions made at the top (so much so that the author later suggests that those without an institution wide IT adoption policy are 'lacking vision'). There's a lot more to get out of this paper; it's one of ITForum's better reads of recent months.
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