Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This sweeping and forward-looking report commissioned by the Australian Capital Territory Department of Education (ACT DET) to look at the impact and potential of emerging technologies in learning is a must-read for decision-makers in the field; it also serves as an excellent introduction to emerging technology in learning for anyone interested in the field. While the authors nod toward traditional learning technology, such as learning management systems, they also capture well the larger trends impacting the field: mobility, interoperability, collaboration and communication, creativity, and open source. They also note that many of the technologies that will be used to support learning "are currently banned, or otherwise highly restricted, by schools," an indication of the cultural and management challeges posed in the emerging environment. While on the one hand conservative (look at the layers of intermediary between students and internet postulated by Figure 2 (section 6.1) the authors nonetheless capture the practical value of blogs, wikis, podcasting and vodcasting (to name only a few). Don't miss this one. PDF.

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