In my opinion, e-learning will expand greatly in the future. It is quite obvious that it is already on that path, however, I do not make that statement based on the significant trending towards technology. Rather, I make the statement that e-learning will expand rapidly and grow to have more common use because of the amount of research that appears to be going on about the subject. This research attempts to breed improvement in the field – and improving upon the inherent and great weaknesses of e-learning (lack of support, technological issues, inability to vary assessment techniques, etc.) would make the already useful e-learning even more useful, accessible, and efficacious.
The Khan Academy education video made me think of one of the many ways that e-learning can change the way we view learning. As an education, or as a supplement to a traditional education, this type of learning technology can help students grow and learning in their own curiosity, enhance their understanding, or simply explain something they do not understand in a different manner. However, I do not believe the Khan Academy’s teaching style will ever take over traditional methods, simply because it does not seem feasible on a large scale (such as university). Very interesting, but not entirely applicable – unless there is a massive shift in pedagogies across the entire educational system.
I believe I would take a MOOC, as I am quite curious to learn things that I did not have the opportunity to learn over my university career. I imagine I would not always complete my work in the course (I am a notoriously bad slacker… haha), but I would gain the information for my own knowledge.
However, if I were asked to teach a MOOC, I would not. I simply believe it would consume too much of my time. I believe I would contribute a lot of my time to help every student that has a question or concern, and that would likely consume all of my time. I’m not the best time manager or delegator in the world!
Obviously, e-learning is changing education as we know it. It allows those who could not access education do so, it allows those who prefer different deliveries access those deliveries, and it allows students to do things at their own pace. This is making universities more accessible to everyone. Now that is not necessarily a very good thing, but it is good for those who may not have had that chance 10+ years ago. As universities shift towards more the use of more technologies in traditional classes, as well as the delivery of more online courses, we will likely see better e-learning technologies and delivery. It will improve the students’ use of these technologies – and also trickle down to the lower levels of education as well – where technological resources will be of greater importance. In sum, I believe e-learning and online technologies are changing universities for the better; making information, resources, and content more accessible to more people, making everyone more likely to learn, grow, and succeed.