ERIC Number: EJ861815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Have We Arrived?
Boettcher, Judith V.
Campus Technology, v22 n8 p20, 22 Apr 2009
When it comes to remote collaboration in eLearning, it's all about where people are now vs. where people are going. A 1999 innovation model presented by R.S. Rosenbloom describes three stages of development for any new technology: (1) imitation; (2) incremental improvement; and (3) transformation. Mapping these stages onto the current state of development in remote collaboration tools suggests that people have definitely accomplished the "imitation" stage (wherein the online classroom and the campus classroom are virtually equivalent), and they are now in the midst of innovations expanding the usefulness of these environments. One of those innovations includes capturing pre-service teachers as they teach. This enables both the pre-service teachers and their instructors to review, analyze, and discuss the subtleties of the teaching experience as they have not been able to in the past. Transformational processes for remote collaboration seem to be sprouting all around and, in some cases, are already blooming. There are now literally thousands of Web 2.0 applications in the "Web 2.0 Directory," many supporting remote collaboration of various forms. Two transformational shifts in teaching and learning (largely due to remote collaboration tools) now appear almost clear. One is a deepening focus on "process" rather than "product," in learning. This means that learning processes are becoming visible; the new-age equivalent of "showing one's work." The second shift is that of expanding the concept of the learner. This means expanding the "learner-centered" focus of the 1990s to today's "learner-within-a-community." This second shift increases the importance of the contexts of learning, including the influence of societal and global happenings. In this article, the author takes a closer look at each of these shifts.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Learning Processes, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Educational Trends, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Virtual Classrooms, Technology Integration, Electronic Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Online Courses, Higher Education, College Instruction, College Environment, Technological Advancement
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