Blended classrooms and innovations in education technology are changing the way students learn. As educators, we can teach our students how to utilize online connectivity in ways that support individual interests and passions, and help students meet their own academic and personal goals.
Too many online enthusiasts sell the new generation of students short by arguing that they can only learn if they are being entertained or if learning is an exciting, self-paced activity. Yet, we still need to teach people to concentrate and sustain their attention when things may get a little boring or difficult. Not all education should be fast-paced and visually stimulating; rather, people have to learn how to focus and stick with difficult and challenging tasks.
It’s been interesting to see the incredibly wide variety of opinions about the hot topic of MOOCs the past two years. As part of a presentation last week at a faculty development conference, I compiled some articles on MOOCs and arranged them from the most extremely “pro” MOOC articles, to the most negative and critical.
I used the following slideset at the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado to discuss the results of my Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list and the technology trends in 10 categories. The Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools 2013 is available here.