eLearning and Knowledge Management Towards Life-long Education

A. Ausserhofer (Austria)

Keywords

Knowledge Management (KM), eLearning, Lifelong learning and education

Abstract

Education will change tremendously within the next years. The significance of life-long learning and life accompany ing education raises the need for new teaching and learning technologies. Although eLearning and knowledge manage ment seem to fulfill the various requirements and much ef fort is being spent over years, the breakthrough is still miss ing in both fields. One reason for this is the fact that both fields are treated in an isolated manner. The purpose of this paper is to initiate a more integrated view of eLearning and knowledge management both in technical and in functional aspects and thus make use of possible synergy effects being visible then. The paper starts with the summary of individual key characteristics of eLearning environments and knowledge management systems (KM-systems). It then highlights ex isting coincidences and interfaces in order to prove that both worlds are not as far apart as they might seem. Finally a comparative analysis is performed and some relevant is sues which contain the potential for relevant synergies are presented. The paper ends with the discussion of results.

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