A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

Contact North, Jan 06, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article first lists and describes seven key trends in education, and then even more usefully, goes through the list again offering links to examples of each. You could have an afternoon of reading and exploring here! Here are the trends:

  1. blended learning
  2. collaborative approaches to the construction of knowledge/building communities of practice
  3. use of multimedia and open education resources
  4. increased learner control, choice, and independence
  5. anywhere, anytime, any size learning
  6. new forms of assessment
  7. self-directed and non-formal online learning

These have all been themes over the years (except blended learning, which will be a fact in traditional institutions, but isn't really a long-term thing). Of course, what we've described here isn't a new pedagogy as such. It's a context in which the new pedagogy will emerge. This new pedagogy (which we've been calling 'connectivism') is what ties the latter six trends together. But see more (probably by the same author) here.


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