Online Educa – review #1

from Carol Daunt – LTUG Executive Officer

"Online Educa opened on a cold Berlin day (0 degrees C) with 1860 delegates from 73 countries – including a small contingent of Aussies are here waving the flag for e-Learning downunder.

There were 3 opening plenaries:
Prof Ricardo Petrella, President of the group from Lisbon, Economist & Political Scientist, addressed The Globalisation of Education Supported by Technology & its Impact on the Human Condition.

Prof Petrella is known for his views on globalisation and it’s effect on the’weak’. (Click through to his bio from the OEB page:http://www.online-educa.com/en/) He gave a thought-provoking presentation that I couldn’t possibly encapsulate in a few paragraphs. The most profound statement I took from it was that the role of education is so that we can all learn to say good morning to each other and live together in peace. He feels that technology has a great capacity to support this aim.

Dr Brandon Hall, Author, E-Learning Expert & CEO of brandon-hall.com
presented Key trends in E-learning. He feels that the trends are:
– Focus on success
– Enterprise solutions (solutions for the entire organisation)
– Simulations (realistic work situations, tools & consequences)
– International (cultural issues)
– Funding (change from on-going training budget to initiative basis to
address a specific need)
– Flash (impact of media rich content in small file size)
– Innovation (m-learning, podcasts, wikis, blogs, RSS)

***FOLLOW-UP***
I wrote down: 50+ New Tools by Dr Gary Woodill, Opertil but I can’t find it
by a quick search, However I did find a bunch of white papers by Gary at:
http://www.learnflex.com/learnflex/Whitepapers.aspx

Dr Richard Straub, Director of Learning Solutions IBM Europe, Middle-East & Africa discussed Competing in a ‘Flat’ World – the Transformational Power of E-Learning. He talked about how disruptive technologies lead to innovation (a la Skype). He pointed out the innovation is when you start to USE technology to achieve outcomes.

He highlighted the quote by Alvin Toffler: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read & write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn & relearn". Straub feels that lifelong learning is no longer a nice to have but must be part of our culture.

Another strong point was that e-learning is not just about formal learning and replacing face-to-face with technology. It is a new type of learning and will play a big role in supporting lifelong learning.

Books to source:
The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Learning Alliance Report: ‘Thwarted Innovation: what happened to e-learning & why?’ Zemsky & Massey (2004). You can download a pdf of a ppt presentation on this at:
www.becta.org.uk/page_documents/corporate/effective_use_ict_holistic_approach.pdf

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