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Beyond e-learning : rethinking purpose and design

  • Since its early beginnings in the form of correspondence schools, e-learning has generally sought to provide flexibility and high quality education. While these are indeed noble intentions, the reality of today's connected world demands that such programs focus on a different purpose. As the main purpose of e-learning shifts, so must be the design approaches. Rethinking e-learning requires open-mindedness on the part of academies, designers, cyber educators, legislators, IT and administrators, but also the learners themselves. All who are involved in or impacted by e-learning programs must speak up and finally share their perspectives, but who will be listening? The key to rethinking e-learning lies in the ability of the stakeholders to listen to each other and make decisions which are in the best interest of the learner. This chapter will propose a new purpose for e-learning and explore promising possibilities for learner-centered design. The future of e-learning can be shaped by the decisions made today, but before any decisions can be made, one must acknowledge e-learning's successes as well as its shortcomings. The purpose of this chapter is to encourage those who are impacted by e-learning to think about the future.

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Author of HS ReutlingenBeldarrain, Yoany
Erschienen in:International handbook of e-learning ; Volume 1: Theoretical perspectives and research
Place of publication:New York
Editor:Badrul Khan
Document Type:Book chapter
Publication year:2015
Page Number:10
First Page:375
Last Page:384
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Open access?:Nein