Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Malcolm Brown, Next Generation Learning Challenges, Jun 25, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

ELI's Malcolm Brown responds to comments from Tony Bates and Jon Dron about the recent article on the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE). Mostly, he defends the standards-based approach and Lego metaphor. "We’re thinking about the technical and other standards needed to enable the NGDLE components to snap together. We are imagining a time when instead of adopting a platform, you have the opportunity to assemble your platform/environment, at least in part, by using components." I think it's important to understand the difference between standards (which are formally defined) and protocols (which are created through use and acceptance). The latter are inevitable; the former are unnecessary.

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