Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fully Asynchronous “Distance Education” Becomes More Creditable

 - But Not Preferable.  iPads?
#vwwt2000 Predctn6

PREDICTION #6 OF 20 from year 2000
Still likely?

Fully asynchronous “distance education” courses, especially those that require no special meeting space, will become more credible and attractive -- and will be used for many kinds of instruction. Many people will welcome supplementary educational ATMs [Automatic Teaching Machines?] into their homes and offices. Unlike the role of ATMs in banking, these educational ATMs will not be viewed as the preferred alternatives for most kinds of traditional education.

["Supplementary Educational ATMs" = iPads?   In year 2000 I didn't anticipate the VARIETY of portable/mobile digital devices that would be in common use by 2011.  Seems that many of these are serving - to some extent - as "learning machines."  Also seems that I did not anticipate the growing pressure for identifying most educational activities and resources with "learning" rather than "teaching."]

- 6th of 20 predictions from "A New Vision Worth Working Toward: Connected Education and Collaborative Change," Steven W. Gilbert, 2000-2006, First version published via AAHESGIT listserv January, 2000;
PDF of full article
Image: Photo of room full of "teaching machines" ca. 1950 - with "NO" symbol superimposed.  "NYIT pioneered computers in the classrooms, it was the first to introduce 'teaching machines' in the 1950's." http://www.nyit.edu/magazine/2006/winter/features/the50s.php
New York Institute of Technology
By New York Institute of Technology [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

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