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Is e learning the solution to CPD?


I am currently undertaking an MSc in Human Resource Management. The working title is "Is e learning the solution to CPD?"

I am intrigued by the growth of e learning and observe that there is accompanying growth in Continuous Professional Development.

My hypothesis, based on current rearch, is that the CPD in the UK is rudimentary and haphazard. In addition, e learning and CBT and distance learning is little more than "chalk and talk" delivered via a modem. I am also not convinced that e learning is a suitable vehicle encompassing all learning styles nor will it suit the psychological profile of all learners.

My difficulty is that I now have to prove this.

Any help, tips, advice, surveys, literature to the above e mail address. In addition, if you would be willing to take part in the survey (once compiled) please indicate.

David McGinty

4 Responses

  1. E-Learning is a part of CPD, but not the only answer
    First of all, I’d be happy to take part in your survey when it’s ready.
    I’m currently doing my MSc in Training and Performance Management. I’m working on my dissertation on Self-Learning which seems a close with your dissertation on CPD.
    Certainly E-learning can form a big part in CPD, but as you already know, it’s not for everyone.
    I know that CGEY consultancy group launched a big e-learning effort a few months ago that is meant to help drive their CPD efforts, so you may wish to try and speak to someone in that organisation.

  2. e-learning “little more than chalk and talk”
    David, this is an interesting point and, on the whole it’s probably true. As e-learning develops this will change (it already is) and there are plenty of development tools available to create engaging e-learning. I don’t know how far it helps your thesis, but worth noting! All the best.

  3. mutual help
    Hi David,
    I currently work for an e-learning company, and the question that you ask is highly valid. A lot of the research into the outcomes of e-learning are generated from the states at present. We are constantly trying to develop uk and european specific research into models and trends. One such piece we are completing at the minute is around the motivation of e-learners and how that effects their performance. This is closely linked with learning styles. This research is being carried out by a student at umist carrying out his MSc in Organisational psychology in conjunction with ourselves.
    We are happy to work with individuals who are completing Masters and PHds to pool our resources, offering you the opportunity to have valid research samples (adult business learners not undergrads) and ourselves to work with new research and thinking.

    we have also just prodeuced an e-learning piece for The Chartered Institute of Marketing which forms part of their CPD programme.

    If you are interested in collaborating e-mail me


    [email protected]


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