No. 5 aha moment: the Web as a universal standard

Tony Bates, Jeremy Vine’s Being Human, Mar 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is another in the ongoing series by Tony Bates. The particular insight reported this time is "The web allows rich multimedia material to be transmitted to any computer, any software system, anywhere in the world, with an Internet connection. This has had profound implications for the design of online teaching which we still have by no means fully understood or exploited." It took several years for people to realize this, and I don't think it became obvious until the launch of the Mosaic browser in 1993 - it was then we could actually see media (well, slowly loading images) integrated with text. It was why I thought the WWW would be the backbone in this early account of an LMS. It's hard to underestimate the impact the web had on the field 20 years ago. Bates is quite right to identify this insight as significant.

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