Thursday, 30 April 2009

Debating the future of e-learning (video)

I recently took part in a video debate for the British Computer Society (BCS) which discusses the future of e-learning. Good opportunity to discuss some key issues with Clive Shepherd, Chair of the e-Learning Network; Samantha Kinstrey, MD of 2e2 Training; Laura Overton, MD of Towards Maturity; and Jooli Atkins of Matrix FortyTwo and Chair of the BCS Information and Technology Training Specialist Group.

There was a general agreement that e-learning usage would continue to rise, that blended learning would ultimately replace isolated face to face delivery, not least for capturing the event itself and providing simple pre-session preparation and post session reinforcement.

I brought to the table my beliefs that e-learning has really only got started, that the quality of the learning experience is paramount over the medium of delivery and that we are beginning to see growing confidence in those being subjected to "training" that they can take ownership and control over their learning experience - which is invariably going to involve learning technology in all its forms. I also brought up my views on Less Learning, More Often.

Here's the video. Let me know what you think of the views expressed.


Fred Green said...

Great post with some thought-provoking video.

You're right, e-learning is still in its infancy. It's hard to compare something so new with techniques that predate Socrates, isn't it?

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