Past Promises and Present Challenges: A Conversation about Hype and Reality and What’s to Come in E-Learning By AACE Staff for AACE Review, November 13th 2008 We are looking forward to having a conversation with you about the challenges and benefits of e-learning in higher education and corporate training. Here are some of the assertions we’ll be discussing: In higher ed, professors are the front-line soldiers fighting to meet students’ core learning needs – they’re needed and cannot be replaced. Buying infrastructure before determining requirements is a good way to throw out lots of money. The technology investment for e – learning is significant and, for the organization to receive the most value from it, e – learning must integrate with the existing enterprise IT to avoid duplicate spending and, at the same time, make content conveniently available to learners on their desktops. The instructional design process is inadequate because it doesn’t take into account many other tasks that are needed. It is all about the learner. The learner steers a learning experience while being guided, with the cooperation of the learning technologies and instructor. Designers and instructors of online learning are using anecdotal information to guide their practice, supported by cottage industry in books, journals, magazines, workshops, conferences, and online support for designing online learning environments as well as teaching and learning online. This inadequate research base provides precious little guidance. Come talk with us about these (and other) assertions on Thursday at 11:15. And feel free to leave comments here, too.