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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)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

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

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

The paper provides a powerful innovation for improving knowledge.

Keywords

Citation

Halal, W.E. (2008), "Online learning systems: highlights of the TechCast project", VINE, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 198-205. https://doi.org/10.1108/03055720810889833

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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