Moving with the times

Ok, we’re geared up on the benefits of eLearning, we’ve got the skills and equipment as learners to engage with eLearning, and slowly those ‘in charge’ of creating the learning (trainers, teachers, professors, L&D staff, etc) are up-skilling to create good online content, but who is putting the eLearning out there for their participants, students, staff, or colleagues?

I was fortunate over this past Friday and Saturday (the 2nd and 3rd of September) to participate in The University of Adelaide’s Alumni Forum for 2011 with the theme create, connect, collaborate. Among the many topics presented and discussed over the two days was eLearning.

It was fantastic to see some of the great examples of eLearning coming from faculties such as Engineering. However, not all faculties are using eLearning, nor will it be made compulsory – this is smart because eLearning is not necessarily suited to each faculty and you don’t want people creating or maintaining eLearning who don’t have the skills to do so (the last thing we want to do is turn people ‘off’ of eLearning). The other thing that was nice to see was that many of the Alumni were ‘on board’ with eLearning and see some future opportunities with interstate and overseas students and Alumni. I know that when I attended the university (not too long ago) the only learning we had online was a few surveys, so it is nice to see these steps forward and I can’t wait to see its development over the next couple of years.

Also, when you think about it, it seems such a natural progression for any university to be taking on ‘online’. After all, we have toddlers using iPads, school- aged children using smartboards and online learning games, and high schoolers receiving and submitting assignments online; why wouldn’t we continue this at uni and then go out into employment with PD online?

I’m not suggesting that every piece of learning will be online – far from it- just that being online and learning online will be more and more natural for future generations and therefore each learning phase (and the ‘powers that be’) has to continue to move forward with the times.

The video attached is Social Media Revolution 2011, very relevant to how we will continue to learn and recieve information (just think about what it will be like in the future – so many posibilities!)

– Colleen

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