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Future of e learning Open University of Catalonia

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I overview a chapter from the"the SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research (2016) by Jon Dron and myself.e-learning, future

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Future of e learning Open University of Catalonia

  1. 1. The Future of E-learning Jon Dron and Terry Anderson (2016) The Future of E- learning. In the SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research (2016) Second Edition. Edited by Caroline Haythornthwaite, Richard Andrews, Jude Fransman and Eric M. Meyers. Sage
  2. 2. • This is not the first attempt to predict the future of e-learning and our first confident prediction is that it will not be the last.
  3. 3. • “E-learning is a combination of methods, structures and networked electronic tools orchestrated into systems that bring about, or are intended to bring about, learning.”
  4. 4. http://www.moodlenews.com/2013/future-of-elearning-infographic-highlights-trends-and-st
  5. 5. http://venturebeat.com/2016/09/05/moocs-no-longer-massive-still-attract-millions/
  6. 6. E-Learning is not only Institutional • “Almost everything shared on the Internet, almost every interaction, is an opportunity for learning, whether deliberately sought (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, MOOCs, YouTube) or as a side-effect of interaction (e.g. Facebook, email, Twitter).”
  7. 7. • On the Internet, almost everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner, whether intentionally, effectively, accurately, reliably or not.
  8. 8. Edinburgh Scenarios (Bell & Stewart, 2004)
  9. 9. Virtually Vanilla Toonlet.com
  10. 10. Blended Learning
  11. 11. Recorded Lectures
  12. 12. Virtually Vanilla same pedagogy - new technology http://venturebeat.com/2016/09/05/moocs-no-longer-massive-still-attract-millions/
  13. 13. Back(wards) to the Future Majority of both students and teachers prefer Face- to-Face teaching/lear ning
  14. 14. Back(wards) to the Future https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/may/16/schools-mobile-phones- academic-results
  15. 15. Web of Confidence MOOCs
  16. 16. Web of Confidence
  17. 17. You Choose – frustrated learners take control themselves
  18. 18. Diversity All of the Edinburgh Futures are thriving - now and in the foreseeable future
  19. 19. Mapping to 3 Generations of Distance Education Pedagogy 1. Cognitive-behavioural (instructivist) 2. Social Constructivist 3. Connectivist
  20. 20. Technologies of the Future Adapted to E-Learning http://www.ues-wosc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/edtech-1024x389.png
  21. 21. Learning and Teaching Analytics
  22. 22. Collective technologies
  23. 23. Artificial Intelligence http://europe.newsweek.com/robo-beer-worlds-first-beer-brewed-artificial-intelligence- 480341?rm=eu
  24. 24. Disaggregated Tools
  25. 25. Mobility and Device Diversity
  26. 26. Virtual and Augmented Reality
  27. 27. elements and characteristics of this next generation of pedagogies and methods 1. It will be focused heavily on the individual learner
  28. 28. 2. It will be distributed, technically, socially and organizationally
  29. 29. 3. It will be crowd-driven and emergent
  30. 30. 4. It will be integrated, just-in-time and authentic
  31. 31. 5. Courses will play a less significant role
  32. 32. 6. Learning will be divorced from accreditation
  33. 33. Social Media will become mainstream Emerging Research on Social Media Use in Education: A Study of Dissertations. C Piotrowski - Research in Higher Education Journal, 2015 • findings of 29 dissertations that had a specific focus on SM-Education issues. Of these, only 2 studies reported any negative views by either students or faculty on the implementation of SMplatforms for academic purposes. • Instructors’ lack of efficacy in Web 2.0 technology, privacy issues, and data overload were challenges
  34. 34. Threats to the Future Open versus Closed http://progrium.com/blog/2012/12/15/avoiding-environmental-fallacy-with-systems- thinking/
  35. 35. The loss of mind, the loss of soul “All technologies change us, especially those affecting something as fundamental as how we learn, and not all of those changes will be positive”.
  36. 36. Adoption in Formal Education
  37. 37. Learning as Dance (Anderson, 2008) • Technology sets the beat and the timing. • Pedagogy defines the moves.
  38. 38. E-Learning will Thrive – Will Open Universities? • Increased competition from both well organized and “Lone Ranger” competitors • Open Universities have a culture of striving to be “real universities” • Need to overcome inertia and past success mentality • Most Western Open Universities have been losing market share in the past decade • Need to focus research on teaching/learning within the disciplines – not discipline based research!
  39. 39. Conclusion • The future will be somewhat like the past – low adoption rates by instructional education • Adjacent possibilities of new ideas and technologies always bring unanticipated and emergent opportunities and challenges • However, the institutions may provide the stability necessary for human scale adaptation to technology induced hyper- change
  40. 40. How is the Future of E-Learning Emerging at UOC?
  41. 41. Contacts Terry Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Centre for Distance Education Athabasca University 10005 93 St Edmonton, AB Canada T5H 1W6 Ph 780 425 5950 Google Scholar profile: http://tinyurl.com/terrydanderson Twitter - @terguy Blog - VirturalCanuck.ca

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