In preparation for this post, which is likely to stir emotions on both sides (supporters of assigned learning vs those who are not), I went about and did an exploration of various sites on the web. I stayed clear of academic journals and academic articles, because academics are not the ones taking the online learning courses/content at the corporate level. They are not a new employee. Nor are they the blue-collar worker on the manufacturing floor who is lucky if they are provided time during their day to go online and take some courses/content.
The academics are not mid-managers, managers, let alone C-level suite executives. They do not run an association’s training/education, nor non-profit learning/training, nor customer education in various industries.