Doak J, Khan OSM (2009) Integrating e-learning in real estate education: The iLearn and ULearn case studies, Journal of European Real Estate Research 2 (3) pp. 294-307
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide two contrasting case studies of the integration and application of e-learning in real estate education. Design/methodology/approach: The two cases presented in this paper provide good practical illustrations of the integration of e-learning practice into real estate education. The first examines integration at the programme level through the use of iLearn as a mechanism for personal development planning (PDP). The second examines the use of a technologically enhanced learning and teaching environment at the level of an individual module. Findings: Both case studies report some degree of success in achieving specific learning objectives using e-learning techniques. With respect to PDP, it is too early to fully evaluate the exact contribution of iLearn. The evidence from the second case study suggests that use of a technologically enhanced class room set-up to solve simulated cases in the context of a real finance and investment module, facilitates creative learning, promotes team work and increases interaction within and across the participant group. Originality/value: The paper provides insights into current best practice in the use of e-learning techniques in real estate education as a mechanism for enhancing the teaching and learning experience. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.