In these four provocations, anthropologist Donna Lanclos argues that the notion of the "digital native" is bogus and disempowering, that pandering to student expectations can backfire, universities should be open by default, and our attitude to educational technology needs a rethink.
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
"With the Internet exploding with information resources and tools for learning, teachers can be facilitators of information with a greater emphasis on explanation and critical thinking as opposed to the dissemination source. Formal learning systems have in some cases been slower to adopt this model, rightfully concerned with accuracy of material and consistency; yet with ever increasing numbers of individuals accessing information in learning environments, the necessity of these formal systems to adopt technological change is very clear."
During my time at medical school, I enjoyed (at times) a curriculum delivered through the traditional model. As the name suggests, this is an approach experienced by the majority of doctors to date. The traditional model was first implemented by the American Medical College Association and American Academy of Medicine in 1894 (Barr, 2010) and has been used by the majority of medical schools. It traditionally consists of didactic lectures in the initial years cov
Modern-day LMSs were born out of the new transactional capabilities of the Internet in the late 1990s. They are as much eCommerce as eLearning. LMSs can offer many products, process thousands of transactions, handle payments and delivery, and keep track of it all. This is a great value of LMSs. Without a good LMS, there would be chaos in the eLearning world. Why does Marc say he hates them?
You may have heard that younger workers should be trained differently because they’ve grown up with technology. Marc Prensky coined the term “digital natives” to describe young people who have grown up with technology infused in their everyday lives, with ever-present access to the internet and information through their smartphones and other devices.
As a result of his work and others’, people are calling for changes in the way we reach and teach people who have always had technology, digital interactions with others, and information literally in the palm of their hands.
I am discussing this topic because it came up again and again at a conference I attended recently. People told me that their companies were requesting changes to L&D processes to meet the needs of the younger workforce. They were happy to hear that there was excellent research on this topic.
As we usually do, before we talk about the research, I’m hoping you’ll take a stab at what you think the research shows. The question is just for fun. See if you can guess what the research has to say.
In 2001 Marc Prensky divided the world into two broad groups, Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. His idea struck a chord with popular culture and has become a dominant paradigm in education. Since then the concept of Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants has been widely discussed, debated and through this much of what was originally stated by Prensky has been misunderstood while other parts have been shown to not quite fit reality. Given the core concept remains a feature of education
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