Few days ago, I had a “facebook” dialogue with a friend who is currently taking his Doctrate. We talked about the news posted by The Brunei Times (Brunei local newspaper agency) on Slow Internet hampering online teaching: expert. You can read it here [Link]
So here are my collective feedbacks on the issue:
true. since the arrival of elearning or mlearning the broadband efficiency are still needed. not only for adult learning but elementary schools and secondary schools requires the same necessities. How will speed, bandwidth and cost will actually comes together as a real beneficial? In campus, I think as substitute of internet; the intranet and local server would be a more pros, however the infrastructure and the server components itself is still needed at best ( and be costly too).
I’ve done my online learning.. not once.. beside the matter of the internet.. their infrastructures and the learning (content) materials that was offered.. you may want to look on the audience. When I did mine, I brought my intrinsic motivation.. I like the course, I like the way the lectures sold it.. and when I participated it, I was engaged. But not all participant stayed, not all submitted and not all graduated. And if I was some kind of doctor lecturing in a university (amin), I really wish to do research why the decline of interest on finishing the course.
I believe in elearning and the successfulness of it must be linked with content, infrastructures, the ix and iu and the audience (psychology factors) and the “technology availability” bridging the audience to the elearning.
Last one.. for elementary level, I’m confident I can create elearning ix and iu.. I can be confident to create elearning that are parallel to our curriculum. I can even create (online) flipped classroom experience.. however.. if majority of my audience/ students doesn’t have access to efficient internet connection or technology to read it, and discipline to use it at home.. then it will be a waste of several elearning spectrum resources.
My friend created an ideal scene:
For argument’s sake, lets say we have speedy gonzalez internet, and we have all these online learning tools, we already know that ITU’s 2013 report stated that Bruneian youths are 73% odd “digital natives” and all this lark. We have the perfect storm. The best setup imaginable. Can we then say online learning will be successful?
Its how we see online learning purposes and usage. I mention this because, people can see it several ways: Successful online learning because it was built as monument or milestone of 21st education. Successful for education purposes for providing its learning objectives, instructions content and collaboration activities that partnered them with assessments; Or online learning successful because of the high numbers of people enrolled into it (popularity:quantity). And again, the successful of online learning is clearly on how we see it.
Because from where I see it, if you want to provide successful holistic education, then online learning is also be part of it.. both increasing participants and how quality the learning instruction and how trustworthy the systems of assessment are and how educators can collect datas and portfolios on learners learning.. Thus the benefit of online learning and achievement of it, is measured by how it can articulate learners’ learning with gathered learning datas..