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Simulations and the Future of E-learning.

Simulations and the Future of E-learning by Clark Aldrich, 304pp., Pfeiffer/Wiley (800-274-4434,, $50.

Simulations and the Future of Learning is three books in one. The first is a speculation on what learning is and how we learn. The second is a new theory of leadership, used as the basis for a commercial simulation, Virtual Leader. Finally, there is the narrative account of making the simulation. Its spiritual ancestor is The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, published in the 1980s, that successfully made an unlikely subject, a new minicomputer, the subject of a Pulitzer Price-winning dramatic narrative. Kidder showed that anyone who thought technology was too arcane or too boring to read about was short-sighted.


Simulations and the Future of Learning is a rehearsal. The author is trying out themes, all of them significant. If you have a stake and intellectual interest in adult learning, e-learning, and leadership education--buy this book. And be alert for Clark Aldrich's next book on learning. His readers are in for a wild and productive ride.
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Author:Ellet, Bill
Publication:Training Media Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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