I resonate with the views on this Higher Education 2.0.
There are also different perspectives from educators, where we could see a “spectrum” of ideas ranging from the teacher-centred approach to the student-centred approach, with blended learning, technology mediated learning, on-line learning and distance learning all in bags of choices for educators and learners to mix and match, and mashup to their needs and expectations.
In Why is Web 2.0 Important to Higher Education by Trent Batson.
Culturally speaking, with the advent of Web 2.0, the “traditional classroom” with one speaker and many listeners is now an oddity, a throwback, a form that should represent 15 percent of undergraduate interaction with faculty, not 85 percent as it does now. With so many ways to create knowledge now very rapidly and collaboratively, we are freed from the necessity of a singular approach to teaching. It no longer makes sense. If you are a faculty member and you are still walking into the classroom with a lecture in mind and “the points to cover,” as I did for many years, you are living in the past, a past that is now obsolete. Granted, your job is easier and the students love it if you just talk, but do you feel right about what you are doing?
So, will education be virtual?
Are you teaching for it?
I think we have come to a convergence when education means learning, and it will be virtual.
Learning is the creation of knowledge and information, individually and over the networks. And education is a life-long and life-wide process where learning takes on different landscapes and technological platforms, and is morphing in an emergence manner throughout our life.
How far do you think we are approaching a Web 2.0 teaching and learning paradigm in our Higher Education? I wonder!