11 August 2010

The Open, Social, Participatory Future of Online Learning


Educators from around the country are gathering this week to trade ideas at the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. George Veletsianos is Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Texas. His new book Emerging Technologies in Distance Education looks very interesting. The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed him on the future of online learning and the Wired Campus. The comments on the blog in response to the interview are revealing of some of the attitudes and challenges faced by educators in today's ever changing online teaching environment.

I think virtual worlds and the 3D web have a huge part to play in contributing to this new thinking and practice in online learning. It's clear to see though that there is a long road ahead. Reflected in the discussion are the repeated concerns about the 'reinventing the wheel' attitude of some innovations and the need to have practical solutions to distance and online learning. Check out the article here.



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