Online Learning Update

January 30, 2011

Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by ALT-C

In 2011, education systems throughout the world are attempting to do more, better, and often with less. As the political, economic, social, agency and technological landscapes change, it is tempting for people in the learning technology community simply to “go on with vigour, hoping for the best”*. But this would be to miss a major opportunity. Innovation is strongly stimulated by crises and pressures of all kinds. Our challenges are to:

  • analyse and plan, and create and marshal evidence;
  • demonstrate the benefits of astute deployment of technology to support learning;
  • listen to and involve learners, teachers, and institutional leaders; draw on know-how and practice internationally, from across and outside our individual fields;
  • take an institutional approach, whilst focusing on openness and frugality.

Time, the social tide, the expectations of learners, and economic pressure at organisational level will themselves be a driving force for innovation. The scope for people in our community to make a difference is great.

The 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September 2011.  altc2011 / #altc2011

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