Creating virtual support for lifelong learning

Eric Sandelands (Freelance editorial consultant based in Teesside, UK)
Mathew Wills (Vice‐president: Anbar, Bradford, UK)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Individuals worldwide are seeking to remain relevant and effective through learning which, if not actually continuous, is an integral part of their working life. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the need to compete on the basis of collective learning and the ability to apply this learning in practice. Technology is increasingly an enabler in this ongoing learning process. Pioneering institutions are developing architectures that support individual and organizational learning. World‐class development programmes are being delivered using the “virtual university” model. So too is support for lifelong learning. Issues being addressed include: creating, maintaining and distributing courseware; ensuring access to current and archival literature; programme supervision and the development of a community of learning. Claims further benefits for scholars of electronic publishing are being realized, but much potential remains untapped.



Sandelands, E. and Wills, M. (1996), "Creating virtual support for lifelong learning", The Learning Organization, Vol. 3 No. 5, pp. 26-31.

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