Does e-Learning Work

Piece from Pek Murray Goldberg, which reviews the findings of the Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies report from the US Department of Education from 2010.

His conclusions include:

eLearning has been around long enough and studied long enough that we can safely conclude that it is effective for all kinds of knowledge acquisition.

This study makes it clear that the benefits of eLearning are not domain-specific.
eLearning works. It has strengths which create an opportunity to do better than we do now. It is not a replacement for face to face or hands-on training.

The real discussion is about how we apply the strengths and advantages that eLearning brings to an industry that is in desperate need of better (not more) training, more uniform training, and an elevated discussion on what we can do to achieve these.

Adaptive Learning

“For more than a decade, K-12 educators have been hearing about the potential of adaptive learning, an approach to instruction and remediation that uses technology and accumulated data to provide customized program adjustments based on an individual student’s level of demonstrated mastery.”

References to:

Learning to Adapt: Understanding the Adaptive Learning Supplier Landscape

Learning to Adapt: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education

e-Learning Ecologies MOOC

MOOC from University of Illinois instructors.

This course explores ‘seven affordances’ of e-learning ecologies which open out genuine possibilities for what we call a ‘New Learning’ – transformative, twenty-first century learning:

  1. Ubiquitous Learning
  2. Active Knowledge Making
  3. Multimodal Meaning
  4. Recursive Feedback
  5. Collaborative Intelligence
  6. Metacognition
  7. Differentiated Learning

Starts on 30th June.