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Does the sky have to be the limit? Utilizing cloud‐based learning in the workplace

Vanessa Ratten (Senior Lecturer at Deakin Graduate School of Business, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 17 August 2012




The purpose of this paper is to discuss the benefits of cloud‐based learning.


The paper provides examples of how cloud‐based learning is currently being implemented, and informs learning and development (L&D) professionals how to make the most of this technology.


In order to get the most out of cloud‐based learning, L&D practitioners need to encourage content creation and knowledge sharing in their organizations. As cloud‐based learning offers a useful way to take data and information from all parts of an organization and make it readily accessible to all employees, it is important that a number of steps be followed.

Practical implications

Cloud‐based learning reduces costs in terms of hardware purchase and maintenance, whilst increasing the availability of real time data from any geographic location.


The paper offers a checklist that L&D professionals might find useful to assist their thinking on how they might make the most of the opportunities this technology offers.



Ratten, V. (2012), "Does the sky have to be the limit? Utilizing cloud‐based learning in the workplace", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 26 No. 5, pp. 21-23.



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