Title: Beyond technocentrism and infocentrism: designing effective e-learning courses for professional education

Authors: Sergio Vasquez Bronfman

Addresses: ESCP-EAP (European School of Management), 75011 Paris, France

Abstract: Information Technologies (IT) open many possibilities in education, and e-learning projects are nowadays implemented in many universities and corporate settings. However, the huge majority of these projects fail. This is especially true in professional education and corporate training. We believe that focus on technology (technocentrism) and on |content| (infocentrism) are among the main causes of these failures. To radically improve this situation, we present in this paper an alternative perspective based on the distinction between |learn about| and |learn to do|, and on innovative educational thinking (John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Seymour Papert and Hubert Dreyfus, among others). How this framework can become a reality is then explained with three examples of e-learning implementations that allow for |learn to do|. Finally, we discuss how IT can add value to learning when one is focused at learning in and through practice.

Keywords: distance learning; e-learning; infocentrism; innovation; learning by doing; pedagogy; professional education; social constructivism; technocentrism; online learning; information technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2007.015590

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2007 Vol.17 No.6, pp.406 - 417

Available online: 02 Nov 2007 *

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