Towards the end of last week, we reviewed the topics that had been under discussion up to that point. (http://tinyurl.com/y39de594) There have been some excellent contributions and interactions subsequently.
- The use of social media in online learning is needed in education
- Mixed Technologies in a Diverse Society
- Use of ICT in ODL
- Effective use of digital tools and resources for transformation
- Joint Teacher Education Programmes through ICT
Please feel free to pick up any further points for comment under those topics and to continue to address the original questions that Tony posed at the start of the discussions,
….whether the evolution of new technologies and learning platforms like MOOCs, augmented and virtual reality learning environments and microlearning have been successful in realizing flexible, personalized, work-based learning. Are there ways to train a learner to prepare them to become lifelong learners? Is the use of technology in education all that it takes? Are there successes or has this debate over-emphasised the potential of technology for lifelong learning?
The most dominant theme early last week was how to encourage colleagues and students to embrace an online culture @ksthill including the use of social media for learning. There were many experiences related to student use of online tools including WhatsApp groups - some had very positive experiences to bring to the discussion @neerjasood and @lgoitsemang and sound deliberations around the distractions of Fbook Chris @udochukwu.njoku
Towards the end of the week @Naveed Sultana urged participants to share resources through the technology available to us and some participants generously shared. @skp Prasad from the National institute of Open Schooling, India in particular shared the URL swayam.gov.in which contains a vast wealth of online courses freely available. Participants shared links and references to specific resources
Chris @udochukwu.njoku has been very actively involved throughout and drew our attention to the fact that many institutions offer ODL without fully appreciating how to make their courses interactive and motivating. @selom.michael added his views and asked the following questions:
- Are learners ready to embrace these new concepts?
- Are institutions or universities ready to adapt to these new cultures?
Perhaps some participants may have concerns or experiences good or bad that might help others cope with the challenges we face in the digital learning space?