A discussion article on the future of e-learning versus classroom learning as a mainstream teaching method, and some essays on how, what and why we learn.
British Computer Society: the Future of e-learning
In this British discussion panel, a group of e-learning experts talk about the future of e-learning (http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/25708). They discuss:
- how e-learning can help save money
- is classroom learning finished
- technologies that can facilitate learning, and
- getting the blend right.
How will e-learning change as generational change occurs? Gen Y are much less tied to traditional learning in a classroom than Gen X, and the Baby Boomers are getting close to retirement if they have not already retired. What new technologies will open up, what current ones can we already use? Could tweeting be enough contact between trainer/SME and learner or will we need to use web-conferencing instead? How will trainers keep up with the skills needed for e-learning - it has a whole different skill set to traditional classroom training, relying much more on fancy programming than charisma and knowledge.
Learning type controversy
There is a general belief that individuals have different preferred modes of instruction, however this belief may not be supported by scientific evidence. For more information read the Learning Type Controversy Essay.
The Learning Pyramid
The Learning Pyramid is a commonly accepted diagramtic representation of learning retention rates, 2 weeks after teaching. Or is it? For more information read the Learning Pyramid Essay.