That time of year again when everyone is crystal balling- worth a quick flick around the pundits and Learning Circuits. The recurring theme amongst all is the impact of the global recession. This is predicted to increase the use of:
- flexible delivery
- social software
- more demand for courses
- Open Education Resources
- user developed resources
– and I’d add- greater accountablity.
Downes review of 2008 is also worth a look.
From my POV in NSW DET this year the main areas of interest associated with our ‘revolution’ (learning tools, Interactive classrooms, notebook devices etc) will be:
- greater engagement with the middle adopters of online technologies in the classroom
- blurring of formal and informal learning
- more profiled filtering
- begining of ubiquitous computing
- greater focus on pedagogical use of ICT & policy areas
- implementing strategies for instilling cyber safety
- use of cloud computing
- systemic acceptance of user created resources
- emergence of more formal communities of practise
- better integration of search environments (both technically and semantically)
Finally I particularly like Brent Schlenker’s comment– “My advice to the e-learning community this year is to pay very close attention to the culture in which you are implementing. Ignoring the impact on culture will be the Achilles’ heel of e-learning implementations in 2009“.