A Learning Development Model For Today’s Students and Organizations

George Siemens, elearnspace, Sept 19, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

After a good analysis of the changing needs of the learner, the author proposes a distance learning development model reminiscent of Archer, Garrison and Anderson's model for adopting disruptive technologies. He writes, "A pilot project like the one outlined in this document is a safe, effective way for organizations to explore and embrace the potential opportunities, will minimizing potential threats. In the process, organizations can position themselves to meet the needs of students and instructors." My only concern with pilot projects is that small scale implementations sometimes fail where large scale implementations would succeed. An online community, for example, requires a certain (large) number of members in order to be successful, and almost certainly fails with a small number of members.
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