Inevitable Future

I perceive the future of education in online learning and this future inevitably will happen. The justification for a strong claim is consequences of human development on education. Invention of paper and industrial revolution gave huge impact for the development of education. Former provided new opportunities to sustain information, whereas latter stimulated introduction of mass public education to educate workforce for industries. Another stage of human development that contemporary has impact on education is technology. The introduction of technology implied supplementary impact than aforementioned stages. Anderson (2008), also highlights the impact of historical events on education. He particularly considers the World Wide Web as the key locomotive for online learning.

“The Theory and Practice of Online Learning” is a comprehensive book by Terry Anderson that incorporates several practitioners’ works from Athabasca University, Canada. This book was extremely beneficial for our group task in Comparative and International Education course. The book consists of four parts. The first part focuses on theoretical base of online learning. The second part focuses on infrastructure and content building for online learning. The third part focuses precisely on design and development of online courses. The last part focuses on delivery, quality control, and student control of online learning. The book provides comprehensive interpretations of theoretical and practical base of online learning and professional expertise from practitioners. However, a shortage of this work is related to practical part, as it is manly related to higher educational institution practice.

Apparently, online learning implied huge effect on the role of instructors in education. Another work that was extremely useful for previous course is “Clarifying the Instructor’s Role in Online Distance Learning” , an empirical study by Susan Easton. She conducted an ethnographic case study with multiple instruments. She admits that online distance learning implies some alteration for instructors, but at the same time it does not require conceptual change in instructor’s roles. The main strength of this study is empirical design. However, as a qualitative study, it does not allow generalization.

Vast literature focuses on different aspects of online learning and most of them provide sound discourses. Nevertheless, most of discourses are related to interpretation and implementation of online learning. Despite strong discourses it is apparent that online learning is the future of education.

Anderson, T. (2008). The theory and practice of online learning. Athabasca University Press.

Easton, S. S. (2003). Clarifying the instructor’s role in online distance learning. Communication Education, 52(2), 87-105.

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4 thoughts on “Inevitable Future

  1. Great books and summary, but I cannot agree that elearning will be able to substitute the traditional school mode. The purpose of any society is own prosperity, but it is impossible to have good employees without communication skills in collaborative labour at any sphere and these skills of face-to-face work are gained only at schools. The on-line education is suitable for professional development or students who cannot be in the school community due to personal disabilities of any kinds. Distance education is becoming more popular because it gives the opportunity to study at the best universities of the world, but to my opinion, it is not appropriate in everyday learning at the primary school, where young students are learning from practice, directed by experienced teachers, preparing them to the middle school.

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    1. I agree with you about difficulty to implement online learning at primary or even at high school at one instant. However, higher education institutions have almost introduced online learning to an extend. However, to a certain extend some elements of online learning are implemented even a primary schools. Apparently, transition period will be full of challenges and resistance.

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  2. Rbek,

    In your first paragraph, you might tell the reader who Anderson is. This citation is dropped in to give authority to your idea, but I don’t know who he/she is–an historian?

    Your writing is a bit hard for me to follow. I urge you to try to be more concise and direct. Use clearer and simpler vocabulary. Unfortunately, I could not understand your conclusion, and the words “nevertheless” and “despite” are used incorrectly. Here is a sentence I did not understand at all: The main strength of this study is empirical design. However, as a qualitative study, it does not allow generalization.

    Here are some other examples of sentences that can be made clearer. You say:

    1. Another stage of human development that contemporary has impact on education is technology.
    Revision: Another stage of human development that has had an impact on education is technology.

    2. The introduction of technology implied supplementary impact than aforementioned stages.
    Revision: The introduction of technology also made a great impact on education.

    3. Apparently, online learning implied huge effect on the role of instructors in education.
    Revision: Apparently, online learning has had a great effect on the role of instructors in education.

    I see your summaries of the two books, but I do not clearly see the strengths and drawbacks of e-learning–which the assignment called for.

    About the Terry Anderson book–be sure to italicize the titles of books (do not put them in quotation marks).

    Instead of the word “shortage” in the second paragraph, use “drawback.”

    I’m sorry, rbek. If I have to read something several times in order to understand it, then the writer needs to strive for clarity.

    3/5

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I admit that I could not do my best in this task. I will take into consideration your notes for my future tasks. Thank you again!

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