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Online learning systems: highlights of the TechCast project

William E. Halal (The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA TechCast LLC, Washington, DC, USA)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 20 June 2008



The purpose of this paper is to describe a line of research for developing “online learning/research systems”.


To illustrate this approach, the paper describes a research project that pools the knowledge of 100 experts working online to forecast breakthroughs in all fields of technology.


The paper finds that online learning/research systems offer great advantages for pooling the tacit knowledge residing throughout organizations.

Research limitations/implications

Formal research studies could be used to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks quantitatively.

Practical implications

Most organizations do not have access to their members' knowledge, so online learning systems would be helpful in making informed forecasts, evaluating strategies, and reaching decisions.


The paper provides a powerful innovation for improving knowledge.



Halal, W.E. (2008), "Online learning systems: highlights of the TechCast project", VINE, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 198-205.



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