ERIC Number: ED472200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Illusion of e-Learning: Why We Are Missing Out on the Promise of Technology. League White Papers.
Greenagel, Frank L.
This paper argues that e-learning has not kept pace with the development of increasingly rich IP (Internet Protocol)-based delivery platforms for a number of reasons, including an apparent lack of awareness on the part of developers of the ways in which people learn, and an interest in keeping costs low, which precludes expenditures on effectiveness measures and development of new strategies for delivery. The author also argues that standards such as SCORM (Shareable Courseware Object Reference Model) and IMS (Instructional Management System) do not treat learning outcomes, but instead deal with tagging, coding, and indexing learning objects. This paper asks the question: Under what conditions does e-learning work? Dropout rates for e-learning are much higher (70%) than for standard instruction in four-year colleges (15%). The author contends that there can be no such thing as a generic e-learning model, but that the potential for developing models that are highly suitable for a wide variety of learners and objectives is there. The author uses Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to argue for the need to match technology to learning style. Some of the broad conclusions of Gardner's work indicate that only 30% of adults say they learn best by listening, while another 30% prefer to read and reflect. The paper concludes that the outlook for e-learning is mixed. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Information Literacy, Internet, Technological Literacy, Technology, Technology Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.