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e-learning 2.0 – how Web technologies are shaping education

Der Autor beschreibt wesentliche Elemente des Web 2.0 – Blogging, Podcasting, Media Sharing – und präsentiert einige konkrete Beispiele, in denen diese Elemente bereits erfolgreich in verschiedenen Lernprozessen eingesetzt werden. Aber am besten hat mir die Einleitung gefallen, in der der Autor zuerst sich selbst zitiert, um dann aktuell fortzufahren:

„Like the web itself, the early promise of e-learning – that of empowerment – has not been fully realized. The experience of e-learning for many has been no more than a hand-out published online, coupled with a simple multiple-choice quiz. Hardly inspiring, let alone empowering. But by using these new web services, e-learning has the potential to become far more personal, social and flexible.“

The traditional approach to e-learning has been to employ the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), software that is often cumbersome and expensive – and which tends to be structured around courses, timetables, and testing. That is an approach that is too often driven by the needs of the institution rather than the individual learner. In contrast, e-learning 2.0 (as coined by Stephen Downes) takes a ’small pieces, loosely joined‘ approach that combines the use of discrete but complementary tools and web services – such as blogs, wikis, and other social software – to support the creation of ad-hoc learning communities.“ (via Rogers Blog)
Steve O’Hear (edited by Richard MacManus), Read/ Write Web, 8 August 2006
[Kategorien: e-learning, Web 2.0, e-learning 2.0]

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