Discerning culture in E-Learning and in the global workplaces

Bolanle A. Olaniran

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This paper explores issues relating to e-learning in the global workplaces and educational contexts. The literature on e-learning often touts the benefits of e-learning as an equalizing or democratizing force in learning and education at the detriment of significant challenges facing its implementation and eventual outcomes for users. Central to the challenges facing e-learning systems is cultural challenges. Therefore the author argues the need to attend to cultural issues in e-learning if e-learning is to be successful. First, the paper addresses the different dimensions of education as described by the learning societies. Second, the paper incorporates the role of culture in e-learning, and finally, implications of culture in e-learning in the global workplaces are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-195
Number of pages16
JournalKnowledge Management and E-Learning
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Cultural challenges
  • Culture
  • E-learning
  • Knowledge design
  • Virtual learning


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