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E-learning provision looks set to rise, with a greater emphasis on informal methods.

That’s the main finding of research into technology-based learning – called Towards Maturity – undertaken by e-skills UK, the sector skills council for IT and telecoms.

It said three out of four employers that provide e-learning plan to “significantly increase” their use of informal learning over the next three years.

The research asked 200 organisations about their use of e-learning and future plans. Some 63% said they ran a learning management system, while 15% said they planned to implement one in the next three years.

Mobile learning facilities are provided by 22% of respondents, with 15% planning to offer them in the coming three years. Some 38% said they provided virtual classrooms,with17% planning to offer them by 2010. Just 12% currently offer podcasts to staff, but a further 17% plan to do so in the next three years, according to the research.

E-skills UK said it expects organisations to spend 30% of their training budget on e-learning by 2010.

The research was based on an online survey of 200 organisations and 1,000 learners from them undertaken last autumn. The results were released earlier this month.

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