E-Learning: an Oxymoron?

Clive Shepherd, Clive on Learning, Jun 11, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Jakob Nielsen writes, "I continue to believe in the linear, author-driven narrative for educational purposes. I just don't believe the Web is optimal for delivering this experience. Instead, let's praise old narrative forms like books and sitting around a flickering campfire - or its modern day counterpart, the PowerPoint projector - which have been around for 500 and 32,000 years, respectively... I continue to write books, and I continue to develop training seminars, because I believe these media are best for deep learning of new concepts." I think learning happens through numerous media, including web posts (which is why Nielsen writes his online column in the first place). And I think that people continue to write books and develop training seminars because that's where the money is, not because that's what produces the best learning.
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