What role does technology have in shaping a new future in education?

Graham Attwell, Pontydysgy, Jan 03, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The big innovation brought about by technology, argues Graham Attwell, is open education. "The main innovation was in terms of pedagogy and in wider approaches to ideas around learning and here the major development is around open learning... the movement around Open Educational Resources appears to be becoming a part of the mainstream development in the provision of resources for tecahing and learning, despite significant barriers still to be overcome." That's not to say technology invented open learning; that would be absurd. But it's arguable that it reinvented it, and perhaps just in time, as we are now witnessing the clawback. "With pressures on economies due of the collapse of the world banking system, governments are trying to roll back on the provision of free education."
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