e-LearningA Global Revolution Adnan Badran MIT LINC Conference, Dubai November 2007
What is e- Learning Is generally defined as any form of learning that utilizes a network for delivery, interaction, or facilitation .
ONLINE learning is the future schooling for providing: education for all and increasing potential of ICT to meet different educational objectives
Online Learning • Expands opportunity of education • Expands quality of learning. • Increases delivery of learning. • Improves efficiency of teaching.
Old Days’ Memory: “Central Nervous System” We used to use the book, managed by a teacher store the knowledge in our memory, and retrieve them as required. It was an educational system of memorization and spoon –feeding of information. Today’s Memory: “Digital Nervous System” The knowledge is downloaded. The teacher is a full-time facilitator to manage information and construct knowledge to deliver skills. Memory - The Brain
Future of e- Learning • Nobody has the exact answer • Graduates will be exposed to new information in one year than their grandparents in a lifetime. • Memorizing facts will have lower value, than utilizing information for decision-making.
Future of e- Learning, cont’d • Multi-career. • Change of career. • Lifelong learning. • Just-in-Time (JIT) learning. • Career development: learning by the corporate • Telecommuting learning: distance
Innovation Years Electricity 45 years Telephone 35 years Radio 22 years Television 26 years Cellular 13 years Internet 7 years ICT was the fastest growing technology during the last decades.Internet has reached 25% or the world's population, faster than any other innovation.
Internet Penetration: Top 10 OIC Countries Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com and Zou’bi (2007)
Internet Penetration: Lowest 10 OIC Countries Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com and Zou’bi (2007)
What might learning look like in the future? • Time flexible • Geography independent • Competitive cost / value • Learner-centered • Technology embracing • Ethnically diverse
Creativity and innovations • Change of schooling from disseminators to facilitators of knowledge • Learning to structure knowledge from avalanche of information • Learning to learn, to think, to analyze, and solve problems – to create the analytical mind • To develop the inquisitive mind to discover the unknown • To integrate ICT in the learning process • Self-learning and long-life learning • To transfer knowledge into application and technology
ICT-based education • brain-intensive, knowledge-driven • Renovate educational system: blended integrated approach • Motivate bright students to take up careers in technology-enabled education • ICT for all • Assistantships, fellowships and training • North-South and South-South post-doctoral programs • Brain-gains into brain-bank for building capacity and excellence
Entrepreneurs • Stimulate educational environment to create entrepreneurs • Provide co-op education • Access to incubators of creative ideas • Graduation projects • Provide time and space to nurture entrepreneurial trends • Provide access to information through networks • Access to venture capital
Organizations that deliver learning, need to consider: • Realize what market they serve • Be responsive to learner needs • Prove their value to learners • Listen closely to the needs of business • Upgrade the quality of instruction • Look for partnerships with other complementary organizations • Find creative ways to certify learning credentials
To predict learning for the future: • The corporate will compete directly with colleges and high schools. • Partnerships and mergers between learning institutions, publishers, technology providers will consolidate for the marketplace. • Schools and colleges will be taken over or will go out of business
To predict learning for the future: Cont’d • Role of instructors will be broken down into multiple positions: curriculum design, content delivery, classroom facilitator, learner support, etc. His role as a spoon feeder will vanish. • Top instructors will be hired by the private sector for all the positions stated above. • Fewer students will get the traditional on-campus degree, and most will get at least a portion of it online and off-campus. • A much greater percentage of learning (formal and informal) will take place online.
Work? Wealth? Economy? Development? Opportunity? Why do people learn? Many answers
Some intellectuals say that most of us make our living from ‘ thin air’Do We? This is exactly what Bill Gates, is doing .
This is what is happening in the 3rd millennium: generation of wealth is no more farms, lands or factories, but creativityandideas
Jordan InitiativeEducational Reform For Knowledge Economy Program • COMPONENT 1 • National Strategy and Public Relations Campaign • Organizational Change • Education Decision Support System • Monitoring and Evaluation • Institutional Arrangements • COMPONENT 2 • Curriculum Renewal • Teacher Training • Student Assessment • Resources for Learning • COMPONENT 3 • Renovation of Existing Schools • Building of New Schools • Computer Labs and Science Labs • Kindergarten Classrooms • COMPONENT 4 • KG Curriculum, Licensing and • ECE Teacher Training • Kindergartens for the Poor • Public Awareness and Understanding Appropriateness of the Substance of Implementation ACCESS EQUITY QUALITY Effectiveness of the Process of Implementation PLANNING COORDINATION LEADERSHIP Source: Ministry of Education - Jordan
Finally, What can we do? • e-learning is a new culture of learning • Resistance to e-learning is not because of the product, but simply because human nature is reluctant to innovate and change. • It is expected that bureaucratic ministries of education and governments will gradually accredit and recognize e-learning or otherwise they become obsolete • It is us who can implant the technology – enabled education among our students • It is us who can change the rules and implant the culture of e-learning