Saturday, May 24, 2008

10 Trends to Watch

10 Trends in e-Learning that are worth watching.

  1. Cloud Computing

    1. Sub Notebooks based on Linux that are primarily designed for cloud computing.

    2. Cloudo where your desktop is online.

    3. Storage on Websites is cheaper. You can get 125 GB for $10 a month


    4. Google, Yahoo and MSN for online computing

      1. 6.7 GB of email space in

      2. Online Offices


        2. or


      3. Notebook and sharing


      4. Calendars


  2. Communications -

    1. Email effectiveness is decreasing. As a communication channel it is clogging up with volume and spam.

    2. The server load to filter spam is becoming enormous.

    3. RSS Feeds and readers could become a second channel of communicating but it still have low acceptance.

    4. Instant Messaging is not taking over yet.

  3. Social Networking is growing.

    1. Using social networking to enhance learning is emerging with significant potential –

    2. The central principles are very interesting.

      1. The learning is in control of their postings and how has access to them. Personal Learning Networks.

      2. Centralizing on lifelong learning journals

      3. Wiki like technologies are maturing into full power collaboration tools for

        1. Writing

        2. Calendaring

        3. project management and coordination

        4. Content Repositories and Knowledge Management system.

    3. Second Life and simulated learning environments.

        1. Symposium on virtual environments in biology, medicine and history.

  4. FOSS

    1. Technologies that are developed and maintained by large communities of users and not vendors.

      1. Open Office is becoming a real alternative. -

    2. Tools like Drupal and Joomla that allow for very powerful online learning environments to be developed and used. - or

      1. Based on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP platforms.

    3. First emergence of Linux based commercially availability personal computers with only free software on them.

      1. Expansion of the One Laptop per Child initiatives.

      2. Royal Bank giving them away.

    4. Older and more mature systems are becoming too large and unwieldy and difficult to maintain and keep nimble.

      1. Blackboard is one and Windows is another example.

      2. $500 laptops where Windows license is about half of that. and MS Office is about the same.

      3. Windows is bogging down with Virus, spyware and firewall security

  5. Open Content movements

    1. More and more expertise is being shared for free.

    2. Creative Commons Movement

    3. MIT, OU UK and my other PS institutions are sharing their course content with the public.

    4. Electronic libraries and books being available to public for free.

  6. Portable Apps and PC

    1. USB Memory flash drives now 8 GB and affordable.

    2. USB Hard Drives pocket up to 250 GB – Put your whole life on it and carry it in your pocket.

    3. USB Not pocket size 1 TB and affordable.

    4. Open Office and other apps that can run from a USB drive and

      1. Portable Apps Linux coming soon. or

  7. Smart Phones

    1. Personal Media Players, Cameras, PDA and merging with Cell Phones

      1. Dell stopped making their pocket computers.

      2. Smart phones are emerging as significant players

  8. e-Learning authoring tools are more sophisticated and affordable.

    1. Authorware 12 years about was $3000 now there is eXe for free and Captivate for $500.

    2. eXe request less time in training and free

    3. MS giving one away.

  9. Generation of learners that have grown up with computers, computer games, the Internet.

    1. My 6 year old is already using Webkins.

    2. Other online metaverses like

      1. Second Life

      2. World of War Craft and many more.

      3. The Sims

      4. What are they learning in these environment?

      5. How do they find learning in school?

  10. Time shortage

    1. Everyone is so busy

    2. 5 Minute presentations

    3. Little time for reflections

    4. Greater demands on instructors and learners.

      1. Multitasking

      2. Scope of knowledge required is growing.

    5. Connectivity to knowledge is becoming more important than knowing the knowledge.

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