“We’re so far off online learning,” said one manager to me, implying that it was so difficult we shouldn’t even bother.
My first response was to bring it all back to the classroom. “Online learning is only one part of e-learning,” I replied. I think people still see the two terms as identical, which is a problem.
E-learning, step 1: some kind of technology in your face-to-face situation. For example, taking photographs on an excursion, or recording audio from student presentations. Having access to a local network drive folder for sharing documents & files. Using a data projector with wireless keyboard to engage & motivate.
E-learning, step 2: some kind of online presence for your classroom. For example, storing learning resources on a wiki or blog or something similar. So that students can access them outside of set class times.
E-learning, step 3: regular face-to-face intensive workshops for your online course. To make sure you’re building strong group dynamics for collaborative and constructive learning.
So really, in the ACE / Learn Local sector, we’re dealing with steps 1 & 2. And step 1 is about making sure you have the infrastructure in place, as well as some good strategies for teaching & learning.
(These are my initial thoughts: I’m coming back to add more. Let me know what you think in the comments.)