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Ready, Set, Curate by Editor Allison Anderson, Editor Ben Betts

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CURATING FORMAL LEARNING

Ben Betts

The classroom as a medium for training and development may well have had its day. That isn’t to suggest that training is on the wane. On the contrary, U.S. companies spend in excess of $160 billion per year on training and development (ASTD 2013). Companies are increasingly turning to online training; the e-learning market is growing at a rate of 23 percent per year, with the fastest growth happening in the education sector (IBIS Capital 2012). E-learning scales well and can be cost-efficient when large numbers of learners are enrolled—the “per head” cost of e-learning can be significantly lower than putting the same number of learners in the classroom. But, despite feverish growth and an attractive value ...

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