I'm sure many of you will be jaded by the constant hype...or ongoing 'downer'...about the impact (or lack of it) of technology on education. However, it is noteworthy when publications such as Nature and Scientific American devote 25% of one of their issues to take a look at eLearning across the globe...and many thanks to Joel Dodd for bringing this issue to my attention :-)
There is, of course, a focus on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), including a podcast from the Nature team, who discuss the question "Are MOOCs turning the world into a university?", which should be read in conjunction with Students Say Online Courses Enrich On-Campus Learning. These dovetail nicely into an article that asks Salman Khan 10 questions in The YouTube Tutor, and Free Online Courses Bring "Magic" to Rwanda.
There is plenty more to read in this issue, and whether you agree with some, none, or all of it, there are some interesting questions raised. At the end of the day, however, I am still firmly of the opinion that it's not what you've got, it's how you use it in all things eLearning. The technology alone will achieve a sum total of zero, whereas, designing learning experiences that can be shared...where learners co-construct understandings, and support each other's learning...well that's where, in my mind, where the focus needs to be.
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