Learning is at the heart of what we do. Technology can facilitate, customise, amplify. Note the small (e), and big L in (e)Learning. The quality of the content matters. As educators, lets create great content, share it, or curate it. The internet and mobile technology connects.
My opening statement in the eLearning workshops that I run for faculty development in Singapore under the auspices of the Medical Education Unit is
(e)Learning --> with emphasis on the Learning/our students learning needs/our learning objectives/curricula and assessment to promote learning.
Despite this, the (e) does have some educational features that distinguish it from previous innovations in learning technology - the stick in the sand, chalk, overhead projector, printing press, VHS tape, VCD ...
i.e. access, reusability, hyperlinking, embedding, broadcasting, narrowcasting (targeted access), granular curricular construction, distributed crowd sourcing/co-creation to name a few.
At the moment, I walk around with a 5.8 inch Samsung phablet in left front jeans pocket, iPhone 5 in right front jeans pocket, HTC smartphone with keyboard in left jeans backpocket (while waiting for the next incarnation of wearable computing/cloud storage and processing) ... however ... whenever I pull out one of these devices to teach on, or illustrate with ... the first point I make is that it is the digital content which I am accessing which is important, NOT the device ... and the purpose I am accessing the resource for.
I truly believe that curated digital repositories, containing the most basic digital elements of "what" we teach with, and "material" we assess on defines and characterizes what we do ... breadth, range and depth of material/case based scenarios.
We teach with analogies ... and share stories and lessons.
To the current generation of students ... the technology recedes into the background ... it is just there ... their focus is on getting on with learning and connecting.
The quality of the content matters. As educators, lets create great content, share it, or curate it.
The internet and mobile technology connects.