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EDU 655 Week 6 Assignment 1 Future of E-Learning

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Future of E-Learning
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FUTURE OF E-LEARNING 2
Future of E-Learning
What is the cause for the growing change in traditional teaching methods; moreover, why
is there such rapid growth for personalized learning, participatory learning, learning that’s
interactive and collaborative, and new teaching methods that facilitate forms of social and
informal learning? One reason is that learners are increasing their demands for diverse delivery
modes in current teaching and learning institutions that are challenging those in the traditional
face-to-face classroom teaching setting. The simple answer to this opening question is
technological innovation. Existing education technology is unquestionably the primary
mechanism triggering the rapid movement for school reform; moreover, its constant growth will
continue to change how students will be educated in the future. Both educators and students now
have immense zones of possible pathways to practice education and larger varieties of choices
and preferences for learning that are causing some educators and many students to exit the
concrete and rigid educational structure of the traditional classroom. They are finding that they
can gain greater and more flexible access to the increasing options for learning in virtual
education or e-Learning environments that new forms of education technology in mobile and
digital forms now support. Teaching and learning is now facilitated in robust e-Learning settings
and on e-Learning communication platforms where smaller learning communities utilize wikis
and blogs for sharing to generate knowledge acquisition facilitated through learner interaction,
collaboration, conversation, and sharing of information in real time methodologies anytime
anyplace any pace (Reiser, R. & Dempsey, J., 2012, p. 165). The expansion of digital and
mobile forms of education technology such as electronic books (i.e. supported by eReader
technology, laptops, and notebook –type computers) and Smartphones (e.g. increases learner-
connectability) is placing education at our fingertips transcending all age groups from young

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FUTURE OF E-LEARNING 3
children to senior citizens reforming education practices on a global scale eliminating distance
barriers and helping education to become more personalized, individualized, more socially
connected and informal by accommodating and supporting diverse learning preferences and
learning styles (Cochrane, T., 2008, p. 2). The purpose of this task is to explore the future of e-
Learning by analyzing how learning models will change, the educational tools that will make
education reform possible, the changing roles of educators, and to expound on the e-learning
model of the future.
Learning Model Conversions
Effective instructional design considers who will be taught, what will be taught, how it
will be taught, and how the results will be evaluated; however, these aspects cannot be
accomplished effectively without knowing about student preferences for learning and student
learning styles (İŞMAN, A., 2011, p. 137). These models guide decisions for how to plan,
develop, implement, evaluate, and organize as well as identifies needs, content, learning
objectives, instructional design strategies, and instructional media technology requirements.
Although the Situated Learning model is regarded as “a work in progress,” this model for
learning progresses through social forms of connectedness and cultural influences that guide a
particular learners preference for relevant and authentic learning (i.e. meaningful, practical,
useful knowledge) where students form social learning communities and all learning participants
engage in practices that are mutually conjoined (Reiser, R. & Dempsey, J., 2012, p. 38). Though
not without debate, its future holds promise as a teaching and learning application based on
learning by doing regarding the collective efforts of a learning community (i.e. a knowledge
forum for learners) rooted in participative consultation for knowledge acquisition (p. 39). Forms
of technology that will support the growth of this learning model in the future include Web 2.0

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