A case study comparison of traditional and electronic learning within a mining context
Dolf Steyn, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
: This paper reports on a comparison between three different ways of doing the same annual legally required induction training at a mine. The fact that exactly the same aim was pursued in three different ways (written, oral and e-learning) made this a good comparison case as all the factors like location, cultural mix, labour stability, economic environment and organizational culture were identical for all the learning groups. Initial tests indicated time saving in some cases where traditional methods were used. In a culture where production bonuses are very important, this resulted in strong pushback against the e-version. Deeper investigation showed quality differences and that the faster methods may not even meet the legal requirements. As a consequence of this study, the e-methodology has now become the de facto method at that shaft and within that mining house it is also being rolled out to other shafts with full union and management backing.
Steyn, D. (2011). A case study comparison of traditional and electronic learning within a mining context. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 39-47). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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