Monday, March 13, 2006

Is E-Learning 2.0 For Real?

{This post is courtesy of Bryan Menell of}

Is E-Learning 2.0 For Real?

Stephen Downes posted a summary of his private writings on the subject of "E-Learning 2.0" on his blog recently. I'm cross posting my reply here.

Creating cultures that value learning is a great ideal, but there are enough people in the world who do value learning, peer production, and learning content creation. Maybe today it is more like a sub-culture, but 20 years from now it won't be "sub" anymore.

The biggest problem is that we don't have tools or markets for loosely coupled learning objects. Without those the peer network cannot produce anything. The peer producers are also not going to buy and learn flash, or even learn HTML for that matter. Producing learning content has to be as easy as creating a blog entry, and the result has to be as engaging as watching a TV show, or playing a video game.

I invite you to discuss learning 2.0 and web 2.0. How would this convergrnce of technology and growth of web applications change the learning universe? Join us at the e-Learning Place.
What is Learning 2.0? See what Stephen Downes says about Learning 2.0.

So how can we help to reinstill the culture of learning in our communities, schools, workplaces, churches, mosques etc.

I say reinstill because I believe learning has always been an integral part of the human condition.. that is how we got here in the first place. Share your ideas? Do you think Learning 2.0 is a fad? Do you think the convergence of technology (web 2.0) and learning bodes well for our world?