Your future may be the past you didn’t learn…or so I have been told many times.
Listening to those that “have been there and done that” is useful to saving time, not repeating history, and designing a better future.
What I am learning is that the modern net student wants to consume and construct information in a very different way than the past. This change can partly be explained by rapid adoption of mobile technologies, and present learning environs.
These changes have a profound effect on design and development of digital spaces. This has been examined through the concept of personal learning environments (1a,b).
Key observations by those professors of post-secondary learning environs:
- ‘Death by Powerpoint’ – the “digital overhead simulation” pushes information slide after slide until you are bored to death
- Q and A – questions and answers have to be next to each other
- One click/tap away – all content upfront, with no drill down necessary to access key information
- Content authoring via tablets.
- Simplified content presentation
- Open integration to existing enduser digital spaces
- Socialized integration
- LMS’s and MOOCS are constrictive analogue simulations by design
- CMS and frameworks are potentially less restrictive
- Accessibility is a major focus
- Flat structures with less drill down to expedite content exposure
(1a) Original list of PLE Publications
(1b) Anderson, Terry (2006), PLE’s versus LMS: Are PLEs ready for Prime time?, Virtual Canuck, Blog