I have been involved in a heated discussion on the Chief Learning Officer Magazine group on LinkedIn and mentioned this previously on this posting, Why do we need to know the hottest eLearning trends? Why not innovate learning with what we already have? I am excited that I did year from Ladan Nikravan Senior Editor at MediaTec Publishing that my original posting will be featured in their June issue.
I couldn’t agree more as others have described in the thread that learning can happen anywhere and often I think people think of eLearning (or any trend for that matter) as something different than learning face-to-face. I loved how Jocelyn Davis of Seven Learning reminded us that learning should be the same as it has been since civilization began! She mentions the following “core” of any instruction:
"The core has not changed: robust, clear ideas (“content”) + good teachers, teaching well (“delivery”) + enthusiastic students who can talk with one another (“learner community”). It can happen anywhere from stone benches to a MOOC, and via anything from wax tablets to mobile phones. But it’s never the venue or technology that really matters. The method can be as trendy as we like; if the core is weak, so will the learning be."
What makes a teacher successful in an online classroom is no different than a face-to-face classroom. Content expertise, attentiveness to students, timely responses to student questions, and being organized are just a few of the important qualifications of a successful teacher regardless of the medium.
Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto