Access to learning became possible for the masses through print, but does digital learning have the same potential to affect learning and society? The impact is actually major, and I suggest three points to start with.
Raise your hand if you’ve never ever received an unsolicited email. A spam email. An unwanted creation that populates your inbox with titles aimed to grab your attention. Yup, I knew it! No hands were raised. The fact is we all are bombarded by spam, and it gets so well disguised that even the most sophisticated spam killers can’t see behind the smoke and mirrors.
A few days ago I learned that in one of our online courses, a student declined participating in a class assignment. This assignment required student teams to follow an online lecture and respond to associated questions in a group wiki. The student explained that by posting to the wiki, it would increase his digital footprint.
This model is perhaps the most common design model in the instructional design world, and works best when paired with other models or as a variation of the standard one.
Almost a century ago, the French poet Paul Valéry declared that: “The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be”. Looking at the education industry in general, it feels like the perception we have about our future shifts continuously, and not always for the better.