This chapter offers a review of the literature on e-learning, including both academic and popular literature. Literature review provides a meaningful background to corporate e-learning and has led to the need for this book. It uncovers what has already been researched, identifies those experts who are studying the field, and indicates the importance of follow up. Academic or scholarly literature is based on empirical studies. These are based on controlled experiments, surveys, or interviews. Popular literature represents the thoughtful reflection of e-learning experts or advocates. Published material on e-learning at IBM has also been researched by the author and included in this chapter. This e-learning literature review also explores the reasons corporations choose e-learning as an option for learning.
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