Hi Ron and Gilly,
I’m happy to jump in here and share some of my thoughts about innovations in eLearning. Ron, I agree with your thoughts about the importance of focusing on using web-based technologies to “transform” our medieval learning paradigm, rather than enforce it.
If we’re integrating “eLearning” into a brick and mortar classroom learning experience, faculty should try to harness the potential of their “medium” as effectively as possible. Podcasts or web-based moview/audio files (which is, essentially what a Lecture Capture is) are push-content. When we’re teaching to the YouTube generation, we need to see that our students expect, rightfully, to be able to get “push” content from anywhere at anytime. If they’re expected to come to a specific place at a specific time to have content “pushed” to them, where’s the relevance there?
Let’s use “push” technologies to deliver our lectures outside the classroom, empowering students to listen and learn mobilly from their iPods/smart phones or from a laptop/desktop. And let’s also rethink what a “lecture” is. Really, it’s “content” we are pushing out for students to review. As we move forward into the domain of open education, what comprises this “content” will begin to shift. In other words, must it always be content generated by a student’s professor? Isn’t there tremendous learning potential in weaving in a presentation from another subject matter expert from YouTube or iTunes U? Or scheduling a Skype interview with a subject matter expert from another part of the country/world and having students interview that person during class.
I hope we can move forward with these types of “content” shifts so we can foster more participatory, active learning experiences in the face-to-face time we spend with our students. Lecturing delivers low level learning (understanding, comprehending) and our 21st century students need to foster more higher level thinking skills (analyzing, critiquing, debating) to stay competitive professionally and to live successful personal as creative, independent thinkers. Those are the skills we should be fostering through our valuable face-to-face time with students. Let’s pull them into the learning process, rather than shutting them out.
Cheers to changing our paradigms through eLearning.