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E-Learning: A Fresh Look

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Higher Education Management and Policy Volume 18, Number 3, ISSN 1682-3451


In this paper the authors describe the outline of an analysis of disruptive technologies presented by Christensen in his book, "The Innovator's Dilemma." They go on to argue that the analysis can be applied to the practice of e-learning as it has been developed in higher education in the United Kingdom, and possibly elsewhere. They suggest that current moves away from fully developed e-learning and towards "blended learning" can be understood in terms of Christensen's analysis, and that the move may be an indication that large, established organisations have difficulty in adjusting to disruptive technologies. They conclude that much research needs to be done in the area of e-learning, especially small scale studies of how e-learning can be used away from the established culture of formal education. This is an approach to market research that is also contained in Christensen's analysis. In summary, they argue that Christensen's analysis offers some important insights into the process of adopting e-learning solutions in higher education, and also suggests some fruitful directions for future research.


Connolly, M., Jones, N. & Turner, D. (2006). E-Learning: A Fresh Look. Higher Education Management and Policy, 18(3), 128-139. Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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