Article: ‘e-learning 2.0 – How Web technologies are shaping education’

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/09

Great article this AM from the folks over at Read/Write Web on emerging Web 2.0 (yeah, I know, but we gotta call it something) trends in eLearning.

Article is titled ‘e-learning 2.0 – how Web technologies are shaping education’. Here’s an excerpt –– 

The traditional approach to e-learning has been to employ the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), software that is often cumbersome and expensive – and which tends to be structured around courses, timetables, and testing. That is an approach that is too often driven by the needs of the institution rather than the individual learner.

In contrast, e-learning 2.0 (as coined by Stephen Downes) takes a ‘small pieces, loosely joined’ approach that combines the use of discrete but complementary tools and web services – such as blogs, wikis, and other social software – to support the creation of ad-hoc learning communities.

This is the heart of what I will be going into detail on in ‘Blogs and Screencasts in the Quest for Training Attention’ for my Cerner Health Conference 2006 presentation in Orlando this October.


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  1. Hi there, I too thought this was a good article and it highlights the need for schools to adapt quickly and choose effective elearning services to match the requirements of their own school. This will be increasingly important in the future to ensure that students can learn at their own pace, on interesting and interactive materials. Community Learning will be at the heart of elearning in the future and teachers need to be prepared to cope with and exploit this powerful medium. I am a little concerned by the recent DOPA schemes eminating from the U.S. which will, in my opinion, stifle the potential of the web as a collaborative learning tool. For more on this visit

    Comment by Chris Davsison — August 10, 2006 #

  2. Thanks for the great comment Chris. I concur.

    > I am a little concerned by the recent DOPA schemes >

    Yeah — there are many of us here in the States who feel the same way. It is hard to watch people who don’t understand the technology begin to regulate it based on fear and mis-information.

    Comment by Bryan Zug — August 10, 2006 #

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