Stagnation or innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning?

Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, Jan 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's an interesting coincidence. I was asked yesterday why our program exists, given that there's so much investment all around in learning technology. My response was that innovation in our field has stalled, and that it is not in the interests of incumbents to push it forward. Keeping education expensive works for everyone except for those who need the education - learners, and their employers. Today I read this item from Graham Attwell, and in the follow-up he quotes Robert Misik, who writes that "despite superficial impressions, the past 15 years may have produced practically no more genuinely productive innovations.” And "that seems to sum up much of the developments in Technology Enhanced Learning," writes Attwell. And as Phil Hill says: “Didn’t we have bigger dreams for instructional technology?” Well, yes. We did. Some of us still do. Image: Braindancing Smorgasbord.

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