Wednesday, July 18

What Happened to E-learning and Why

Link to article (PDF) (by The Weatherstation Project)
Link to Learning Alliance (For Higher Education)
"To the dismay of many, e-learning's reality never matched its promise by a long shot. There has been no pedagogical revolution or financial windfall . Fathom and NYOnline are gone; Cardean U and UNext are continuing to undergo makeovers. There has been no real burgeoning of distance education's emerging successes have been limited and owe more to their past market triumphs than to the new technologies. What happened to e-learning's potential? While all innovations make exaggerated claims, why was the forecast for e-learning so far off the mark? This issue of The Landscape sets out to address this question, using research conducted by The Weatherstation Project, a collaborative effort to provide a practical way of estimating e-learning's current and future trajectory."

You have to read this article, as it will look into some of the old predictions and analyze what really happened . There is no doubt e-learning is here to stay, but if it will play more of a supporting role, or a leading role in the process of learning that is a big question. However, at the moment blended or hybrid learning seems to be the best approach, and that is why we practice that at UNITAR. Here is a link to the full report for those that really want to know the details: Link to full report (1.78 MB, PDF).

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