A flexible approach by ProQuest

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The arrival of Web 2.0 is transforming virtual learning environments into powerful, versatile platforms that enhance the learning experience of both students in academic institutions and professionals in corporate organizations. The social networking facilities of Web 2.0 allow users to publish their own content on the Web and effortlessly interact with their peers. The benefits of e-learning are often quoted and range from reduced time and cost traveling to external training venues, to personalized learning and reduced cost of learning delivery. E-learning brings opportunities such as collaborative knowledge construction, just-in-time learning, fingertip learning and informal learning. The next wave of e-learning could see virtual learning environments merging with social network environments to become Sloodle as posited by speakers at the 2007 Association for Learning Technologies conference. Virtual learning environments are rapidly morphing into systems that are defined as much by the users as by the educators and facilitators.

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