e-learning in school and outside school for teens

In this e-teaching and motivation by Heyjude, there were interesting sharing of experience of some of the teachers using the tools and technology in “motivating” students’ interests in learning as discussed in this Learner centered e-teaching & motivation.

My impression is: this is going beyond e-teaching, and more in line with e-learning, where the learners (the kids) will be able to explore learning via the multi-media and technology, Web2.0 tools etc.
We have made a few assumptions here:
(a) most teens are interested in the use of the tools (Web 2.0) (may be we should also include the TV, movies, videos, internet resources, networks and those associated tools and technology)
(b) most teens will learn better than the class room teaching via YouTubes, Facebooks, social networking, wiki, blogs
(c) most teens feel comfortable with the use of such tools, once guided by the teachers or their peers
(d) most teens enjoy learning via the technology as they could immerse into the virtual environment and have fun
(e) most teens are digital natives and so would embrace these Web2.0 as enabler in social networking (for the rest of their lives?)

Then the various speakers shared their experience on teaching using those tools such as mobile, wiki, blogs etc.

There are questions which might have been addressed in various research studies. See this PhD research paper by Danah.
Are those (a) to (e) assumptions (or hypothesis in the case of scientific study) valid?  Are those the main criteria in motivating the students (teens) and enhancing their learning?  To what extent are they valid?  What percentage of those teens are interested in these modes of learning?  How do these teens feel about the learning? Do they really want to learn under a school environment if they could learn these by themselves?  What sort of interventions will be necessary as educators?

And I would like to explore the following too:

1. What about the safety of these kids over the net?  In Australia, there are Child Protection Acts in which teachers are expected to sign and comply with and that kids are protected under those Acts under a school environment.  If there is a breach of the Child Protection due to inadequate caring by the teachers concerned in school, whose responsibilities will it be on any allegations?  Will the teacher be liable to prosecution?

2. How will the learning of these teens be associated with their future studies? And future careers?

3. Will it be based on open curriculum, courses or a fixed number of subjects in a course?

4. Will the teens be expected to attend school?  What are the requirements of “progression”?

5. How could we ensure that these teens are learning towards those goals of the 21st century as “prescribed” and promoted by the education authorities?

6.What will be the role of the teachers, educators and school administrators in the support of those types of “e-teaching” and “e-learning”?

7. Are there enough technology resources and support for these teens (the supply of computers with internet connections to these teens)?

8. What implications will these be on the learning and development of teachers?

9. Are there any involvement of other stakeholders such as parents, teachers’ union, school administrators, librarians, and instructional designers in the design and delivery of such e-teaching or learning?

Thanks Judy for posting this interesting Learner centered e-teaching & motivation.

Postscript: This post on Online Instruction as Less Effective Than Classroom Learning may be of interest to you.  Do you agree with the findings?


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