Integrating e-learning content into enterprise resource planning (ERP) curriculum

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Hawking, Paul and McCarthy, Brendan (2004) Integrating e-learning content into enterprise resource planning (ERP) curriculum. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 1. pp. 22-30. ISSN 1547-5840 (print) 1547-5867 (online)


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems offer a software-based system that handles an enterprise's total information system needs in an integrated fashion. Such systems have seen a significant growth in the last decade in the US, Europe and Australian markets and, more recently, increasing growth in Asian countries. This increase in demand for ERP systems in Asia offers opportunities for the provision of high-quality ERP education programs in the region. This paper describes the issues and barriers associated with integrating ERP systems into university curricula. It outlines the experiences of Victoria University in offering ERP education through a strategic alliance with SAP. The University is extending its offshore programs by offering ERP education in the region to take advantage of the current increase in demand in ERP applications. To assist with the delivery of offshore ERP education an ERP e-Learning model has been developed that integrates synchronous and asynchronous content. Asynchronous e-learning does not involve the presence of a teacher. Typically the learning content is located on a web server that students can access using the Internet. Synchronous e-learning requires the learner and teacher to be present in the event at the same time. It is a real-time, instructor-led online learning event in which all participants are available at the same time and can communicate directly with each other. The model uses four technologies to facilitate teaching: application service provision (ASP), web-CT, computer-based training and virtual classroom technology. The ERP e-learning model provides an innovative and efficient means to deliver ERP curriculum. It is able to provide greater flexibility in offshore subject delivery and to maximise student learning outcomes. This is particularly relevant in light of recent international medical (SARS) and terrorists incidents. --InSITE 2004, held Rockhampton, Queensland, 25-28 June 2004

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords enterprise resource planning systems, e-learning, application service provider, synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, web-based learning, virtual classroom, distance learning
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