Is eLearning for You? Yes it is!

“eLearning may not be for everyone.”

Really?

What if you are the only student at a high school needing a credit in SPH4U? eLearning might be your only option.

As educators, are we really saying that eLearning might not be for this student?

Or should we be saying, eLearning is just learning, and we will adapt our instructional methods to the learning needs of the student just as we would in any other public education setting.

Would we ever say, “Oh, classroom learning might not be for you because you have difficulty sitting in one place for 75 minutes”?

It’s time to challenge the myths around eLearning.

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eLearning is NOT putting distance learning materials into an online format.

eLearning is NOT putting a course into an LMS.

eLearning is meeting the individual needs of every learner, just as we would in any other “classroom” in a publicly funded school.

Technology has come a very long way in the 20 years since eLearning began in Ontario. We can meet our students through the digital f2f on many different platforms.  We use many synchronous and asynchronous digital tools to collaborate and plan and provide feedback.

Continuing the myth that eLearning is only suited to some students is holding us back in providing all of our students with options that allow them to design their own personal pathways to success.

It is not about students being well-suited for eLearning.  In 2016, it is the eLearning that must be suited to the students – all students – and it is up to us as educators to ensure that it is.

Featured image shared by Alan Levine CC-BY-2.0

 

Resources:

Supporting creativity through eLearning (Kathy Pick)

Is eLearning for me?

 

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3 thoughts on “Is eLearning for You? Yes it is!”

  1. Hi Donna, I hope this blog post is the start of a big conversation! For me, the key making your points a reality is the use of a wide range of tools for both accessing content and showing knowledge. A few years ago our CI documented what happens when this does not occur. If the LMS remains a read/ write environment it is not accessible to all learners. I am so happy to see your post and to see PD sessions about raising this type of awareness.

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  2. Hi Anne;

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I would be very interested in learning more about what you learned in your CI. Is it shared somewhere? Have you been blogging about it?

    I am exploring these ideas right now to try to get at some of the misconceptions about eLearning, and more precisely, at how to get rid of those misconceptions and move forward.

    Your CI sounds like a great source of important learning.

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