Changing directions

Changing directions in e-Learning

My particular interest is in the intersection of learning and opportunities provided by e-learning – and the shift in the relationship between teachers and learners.

Not just in schools but how this is shaping out in higher education as a lens to view local trends.

The paradigm shift from limited information to in formation overload and new ways of learning – connectivism.

My interest is in the intersection of learning and e-learning – a focus on the shift from teachers at the centre to students being actively involved in the their learning – about lighting fires and inspiring creativity.

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The authors developed a consensus based definition with the rider that educational-paradigm was the preferred scaffold.

“E-learning is an approach to teaching and learning, representing all or part of the educational model applied, that is based on the use of electronic media and devices as tools for improving access to training, communication and interaction and that facilitates the adoption of new ways of understanding and developing learning.”

Building an Inclusive Definition of E-Learning: An Approach to the Conceptual Framework

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Albert Sangrà, Dimitrios Vlachopoulos, and Nati Cabrera 

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

E-learning is part of the new dynamic that characterises educational systems at the start of the 21st century. Like society, the concept of e-learning is subject to constant change. In addition, it is difficult to come up with a single definition of e-learning that would be accepted by the majority of the scientific community. The different understandings of e-learning are conditioned by particular professional approaches and interests.

The definitions gathered from the literature review focus on different elements of e-learning. Specifically, four general categories of definitions were identified: 1) technology-driven, 2) delivery-system-oriented, 3) communication-oriented, and 4) educational-paradigm-oriented.

This literature review is quite different to Mark Treadwell’s paradigm shift which is grounded in the educational paradigm.

While Greg Whitby wants to change the DNA pf teachers – a strong focus on the importance of teachers and building their capacity.

Heppell is exploring the benefits of bare feet and open spaces as classrooms

Connectivism is the glue that binds these together..



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