Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Clint Lalonde comments on the recently released research report (67 page PDF) by the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association and associated summary offered by Tony Bates. He keys in on one finding: "79% of institutions reported inadequate training for faculty as one of the main barriers to online learning." One wonders how this can be the case after some 25 years of online learning! Like Bates, Lalonde points to the lack of mandatory training for prospective online instructors, but from where I sit this requirement seems likely only to produce a shortage of online instructors. And from where I sit, I wonder about the apparent inability or unwillingness of today's professors to teach themselves how to use a computer to teach. Higher education doesn't have a training problem, it has a culture problem.

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