Leveraging E-learning System for Effective Teaching of Knowledge Management

Abstract: Knowledge management education is quickly gaining momentum worldwide. Due to the fuzzy and inter-disciplinary nature of the discipline, academic institutions are adopting different approaches for educating knowledge professionals. Because of the variations in the subject scope and coverage, there is a need for using innovative and creative learning strategies for teaching KM courses. This paper reviews the approaches adopted by the Division of Information Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for teaching various modules in its Master’s in Knowledge Management programme. Classes, which are delivered through face-to-face classroom lectures provide instant feedback and an opportunity to the students to socialize, is complemented with e-learning tools to provide the flexibility in content creation and delivery and collaboration between lecturer and students. The fusion of these two approaches combines their strengths, thus making learning an interesting, meaningful and engaging experience. NTU e-learning system, edveNTUre, which is powered by Black Board system, provides an array of powerful features that have tremendously improved the level of communication, collaboration and interaction between students and lecturers. The paper explains the ways these e-learning tools are used for educating students in the knowledge management programme. The paper also highlights that socialization and collaborative learning strategies has encouraged emergence of knowledge communities among KM graduates.

Shaheen Majid, Schubert Foo and Abdus Sattar Chaudhry: Leveraging E-learning System for Effective Teaching of Knowledge Management. Proc. International Conference on Open and Online Learning (ICOOL), Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, 2005, July 5-7.

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