Adaptive LearnERS, not LearnING

In an interview with EdSurge ‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning, George Siemens discusses his belief that the current emphasis amongst edtech companies and universities on better and better adaptive learning tools is a wrong direction.  These tools are helping students to execute learning routines that won’t be needed in the future as machines take on more and more processes for us.  He argues learners need to prepare for careers that employ uniquely human traits like self-regulation and communication. Creativity, complex problem-solving and coordinating with others are examples of the skills needed.  There is greater detail on George’s Blog elearnspace.org.

But let me tell you about one of my personal stories that led me to believing in this new world of digital, networked learning. Continue reading “Adaptive LearnERS, not LearnING”

Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

What better way to re-launch my eelearning blog than in celebration of the 25th Birthday of the World Wide Web this past Saturday.  On August 6, 1991 Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the first web page on the Internet and the real world would never be the same

(The image above is one of my favorite artifacts from internet history.  It represents the basic scope of the Internet as of June 18, 1985)

A 2014 Pew Research Center survey (Fox & Rainie, 2014) noted the widespread impact the Web has had on U.S. society, with 87% of American adults using the internet and 39% of them reporting it is essential for their livelihood.

But let me paint a picture for you. Continue reading “Happy Birthday World Wide Web!”