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Trends in learning content management

Bob Little (Senior Partner at Bob Little Press and PR, St Albans, UK)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 11 July 2008




The purpose of this paper is to examine the latest trends in technology‐delivered learning.


An interview with Fabrizio Cardinali, co‐chair of European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) and CEO of Giunti Labs.


Greater emphasis on increasingly informal and personalised content and learning experiences is producing increases in “just‐in‐time”, informal, personalised, customised pieces of learning content, combining to produce “just‐in‐time”, informal, personalised, customised learning experiences. The increasing use of mobile and location‐based content delivery means that learning is becoming localised and personalised. There is a growth in informal access to learning via portals and software‐as‐a‐service (SaaS) systems. This means that the learning content can now be customised by the learner rather than the developer or producer. With the development of digital marketplaces, a network of content providers operating as “learning clearing houses” has grown up. They take content, version it, deliver it and track it once it has been delivered.

Practical implications

Today's big challenge facing providers of corporate learning materials is how to enrich existing standards for learning content publishing and distribution such as SCORM – especially adding web services protocols to content packages making the learning experience richer and more personalised. Other challenges relate to how to develop web‐based services to search, query and retrieve repositories of learning content.


This paper explores the latest trends in technology‐delivered learning, especially as they affect national and international competitiveness.



Little, B. (2008), "Trends in learning content management", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 261-265.



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