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  1. 1. Learning Bytes A new approach for workplace eLearning By Eric Mowbray
  2. 2. eLearning and Digital Cultures • University of Edinburgh MOOC • This edcmooc digital artefact: – Describes an original, innovative and practical idea (“learning bytes”) for eLearning in the workplace – References themes explored in the edcmooc – Tests the concept against the themes
  3. 3. New concept for eLearning Replace a traditional, structured, beginning-to-end course in the workplace: Intro Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Assessment With a collection of learning objects: Can be “pushed” to learners via PC or mobile device so they can be accessed at any time and receive the material in bite-sized chunks.
  4. 4. What is a Learning Byte? Object Deeply interrogates the Question learner’s understanding Content • The learning object can be a question or quiz with supporting content available to be provided only if the learner fails to pass the question. • Can use video or audio to achieve Hersh’s “Human Presence Learning Environment”1
  5. 5. Example To be used for new supermarket checkout staff: Question Match the name with the photo: mangosteen rambutan custard apple feijoa • If the staff member gets this wrong, they must complete the tropical fruit topic
  6. 6. The sequence of objects The period and regularity of sending out objects can be configured – for example, staff could be sent an object per week or per month.
  7. 7. Utopia? Suits today’s learning style : • staccato blasts of information - phone, texts, emails, chats, tweets vie for attention • learners are jaded by traditional elearning courses • have a significant capacity for processing multiple, non-contextualised streams • mobility • people are time-poor and impatient • digital natives and immigrants2
  8. 8. Dystopia - Master or slave? • Could our way of thinking change? • Perhaps we will weaken our ability to absorb larger amounts of material? • Responsibility for initiating the training is delegated to the technology • But the learner still chooses when to learn • Are we giving too much responsibility to technology? • Is the machine the master? • Are we the slave? “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us” Marshall McLuhan4
  9. 9. Traditional eLearning model • Course structure in modules with multiple topics; • Objectives are stated followed by content, learning activities, “check-your-knowledge” checks, a summary and finally assessment; • Within a learning management system, it is accessible, trackable, uses rich media, deployable with ease; • However, now considered too long, too boring, not flexible, not adaptable.
  10. 10. The future of eLearning • Is it time to re-consider the conventional linear teacher -> student structure of a training course? • New technology has created new opportunities • But it has also lead to new ways of thinking • Using online social interaction to increase and enhance engagement, comfort and, eventually, retention5 • What will eLearning look like in the future?

Notas do Editor

  • The Human Element, Steve Kolowichhttp://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/03/29/lms
  • 2. Distinction originally conceived by Marc Prensky3. Image from EDCMOOC video Productivity Future Vision (Microsoft)
  • 4. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan
  • John Bourne, Sloan Consortium Image provided by video EDCMOOC “A day made of Glass 2” Corning

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