Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Tony Bates points to this article looking at the future of digital schooling. The provocative illustration tells us what to watch for: "Worried skeptics can point to studies showing that online learning may stunt reading growth." Against the sceptics, we note that last year "teens averaged 7 hours a day on their screens—more time than they spent in class." But how to make it work, especially given dismal engagement figures? "Make lectures as interesting as blockbusters."  As well, as Bates suggests, "use videos in one of at least thirty five ways that wouldn’t be possible in a physical classroom." None of this is bad, but it underlined to me the distinction between "digital schooling" and "online learning".

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