Monday, December 20, 2010

e-learning predictions

e-learning retrospective: 2) how good were my predictions?

No 4. Convergence through cloud computing

Maybe not in 2010, but perhaps in 2011, we will see the ultimate, all purpose device that will combine a big enough screen/fine enough resolution (maybe in a foldable format), an intuitive user interface, full mobile access, a full range of applications, and still be small enough to carry in your pocket or purse

Well, we’re not there yet, but the iPad, the iPhone and the devices coming from its competitors certainly moved increasingly in this direction during 2010. The problem is that the higher education market still hasn’t got it yet. We are still using tweets and Facebook to support classroom teaching, instead of designing any time, anywhere learning. Nor have we solved the security and student privacy issues around this development. Indeed, expect in 2011 more attempts to ‘lock down’ these non-institutional cloud-based services for students in formal courses as legislators and particularly IT managers move ‘risk management’ higher up the governance agenda. I think the prediction still stands (for 2011) but this won’t necessarily mean a big change in teaching practices.

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