Using 4 example cases, we will show that expectations towards professional knowledge have changed in the information age. Information is not knowledge, yet the information society is strongly transforming our assessment of what we count as knowledge and its constraints. We will discuss how knowledge in several domains of human activity is tied to social constructs based on an underlying network. We will focus on this “Network of knowledge” and then assess the impact this should have on e-learning strategies. In particular, the future role of e-learning systems is discussed, looking beyond the current LCMS towards true Learning Networks.
In conclusion, we shall stress our strong belief that an ethical dimension is essential to professional knowledge. We will argue that E-Learning strategies should take this into account.