Crossknowledge, a respected e-learning company, has published a "white book" (in French), on "Distance learning, for a more strategic HR management". The author is Steve Fiehl. I have the impression to go back a decade ago.
The study gives three conclusions. First, managers will take a growing role in the competency development of their co-workers. Wasn't that the definition of a manager in the first place ? Secondly, educators and pedagogical engineers should re-think their attitude. They should understand that what they tell in the classroom is often perfectly readable in other sources. Wasn't that where we started 15 years ago ? The report announces the emergence of blended learning forms, that at least in my understanding is an issue dealt with already by many people (I just refer to my own book: The Hybrid Business School, 2000). The third conclusion I give you for free.
What eventually should not surprise us, is that the white book identifies as one of the "innovative practices" (with some case illustration) the industrialisation of "education" in all possible forms. I hope that pedagogues will share my doubt about this good "commercial" wish. I am sure that experienced knowledge managers in companies have experienced differently.
Anyway, could we move on ?