Title: Co-occurrence analysis of domain knowledge in e-learning enabled workforce development

Authors: Bo Cheng, Minhong Wang

Addresses: Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. ' Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Abstract: E-learning is increasingly playing an important role in human resource development, attracting increasing attention from both researchers and practitioners. Various topics on e-learning for workforce development have emerged, showing the dynamics of knowledge in this field. This study aims to determine the core concepts and research themes in the domain of e-learning enabled workforce development. Academic and industrial journals, magazines, and conference proceedings in this field were selected as the dataset. A set of methods including co-occurrence analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and social network analysis were employed for data analysis. The results revealed a number of key topics in the field and found that current knowledge in e-learning enabled workforce development is mainly constructed around three themes: technology-enabled employee training and performance practice; success factors and effectiveness of e-learning and virtual learning community; and e-learning usability, delivery and marketing strategy.

Keywords: online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; workforce development; human resource management; co-occurrence analysis; human resource development; HRD; HRM; domain knowledge; knowledge dynamics; hierarchical cluster analysis; social network analysis; data analysis; technology-enabled training; employee training; technology-enabled performance; performance practice; success factors; effectiveness; virtual learning; usability; training delivery; marketing strategies; continuing education; life-long learning; ICT; information technology; communications technology; knowledge creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2011.039696

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2011 Vol.21 No.1, pp.87 - 102

Available online: 14 Apr 2011 *

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