Anticipating the Future of Distance Learning. The 21st Century. James L. Morrison Professor of Educational Leadership UNC-Chapel Hill. TODAY. The 21st Century. Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century. The changing environment Technology and learning Where are we? What are the issues?.
The 21st Century
James L. Morrison
Professor of Educational Leadership
The 21st Century
Students can no longer prepare bark to calculate problems. They depend instead on expensive slates. What will they do when the slate is dropped and breaks?
Teacher’s Conference, 1703
Students depend on paper too much. They no longer know how to write on a slate without getting dust all over themselves. What will happen when they run out of paper?
Principal’s Association Meeting, 1815
Students depend too much upon ink. They no longer know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil.
National Association of Teachers, 1907
Students depend too much on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. What will happen when they run out?
Rural American Teacher, 1928
Source: Chicago Tribune, August 21, 1995
From 1980 to 1994, the U.S. contingent workforce—temps, self-employed, consultants—increased 57%
Today, 65% of all workers use some type of information technology in their jobs. By 2000, this will increase to 95%.
Constant training, retraining, job-hopping, and even career-hopping will become the norm.
High School Graduates, 1979-2004
(millions of students)
We Are Here!
Source: Michael Dolence AACRAO 1997
Demand for Education
“Your instructional system is driven by teaching rather than by learning, by the needs of professors rather than students.”Sir John S. Daniel, 1997
“…with good learning materials, effective networks, and proper support, students can learn better at home than in class.”
Sir John Daniel, 1997
What are the issuesin distance learning?
Does distance learning technology facilitate access, lower costs, and maintain quality?