“ While it is true that an important component of the Internet is the global distribution of information ....”
“ ...over emphasis on this function draws attention away from the value of the Internet as a participatory medium for communication, networking, and building & maintaining communities of interest.”
A participatory medium for communication, networking, and building & maintaining communities of interest?
However…for a long time the Internet was a sprawling library of content With some shopping malls
What is web 2.0? <ul><li>“… a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration & sharing between users . ” </li></ul>Source: Wikipedia (2007)
Face to face learning Online learning Conversations Content Online communities Open learning materials Resource-based learning Facilitated discussions Study groups Seminars Symposia The course in a box Teach & test courseware Learning in the blender
Is there strong evidence that any of this is “ changing the face of social work education & training ” ?
<ul><li>Is the network revolution transforming the nature of learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Improving what is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>How quickly it is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>How much is learned? </li></ul><ul><li>… and doing this more than traditional teaching technologies? </li></ul>
No… technology does not cause learning "The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers our groceries causes changes in our nutrition" Clark (1983)
But…the affordances of learning technology can support effective pedagogical design. And help make learning: more efficient… more consistent… more flexible… more affordable… more accessible
Many studies suggest there is no significant difference between learning with technology and with more traditional methods Source: No significant difference
But when studies suggest there is no significant difference between counselling skills developed working online or face to face then that is significant. Source: Ouellette et al (2006)
Whilst the Internet and the sum of human information & knowledge continues to grow at an alarming rate…
Human learning is limited by the fixed information processing capacity of human cognitive architecture
The Internet The neural net cognitive social emotional
Some current concerns How can technology best support evidence-informed practice in the workplace? How to design effective educational multimedia? Can web 2.0 be harnessed for learning?