Towards a Unified e-learning Strategy

Various authors, Department for Education, Skills, Feb 09, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Seb Schmoller links to three responses to the British government's discussion paper on a unified e-learning strategy (from the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), Association of Colleges (AoC), and Association for Learning Technology (ALT), and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), which comments, "JISC believes that the e-learning agenda must be led by student needs, not technological invention, and should be used to enhance the student experience." The responses are generally favorable, with authors expressing more caution about the impact and certainty of e-learning. Two of the papers noted that the development of e-learning technologies still involves risk, and that funding attangement ought to reflect that. A couple of documents also noted that the government proposal should place more emphasis on outreach and accessibility. Credit transfer and similar arrangements was touched on by the LSDA while the ALT took care to note - and encourage - the increasing use of open source software and open content in learning. The British process should be studied with care by Canadians as we, also, are embarking on a process of defining a national vision for e-learning.
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