For those of us who remember the 90-ies hysterical belief that ICT would revolutionize learning, the hype about Web 2.0 and e-Learning 2.0 is a rather boring repetition of old news.
First of all – we still do not know, strictly scientifically speaking, how and if ICT actually enables better learning. That it is useful is evident, but when is it useful and why?
In my opinion the question is not, and never has been, “what`s the new thing in technology?”, but rather “Does it give a better effect of learning?”, “How is the information in the e-learning environment presented, i.e. does it motivate and stimulate the students?”, “How does the students utilize the different ways you present the information?”, and “Is your use of ICT tools actually increasing the process of learning? And then we have the age old questions, like “What is teaching?” and “What is knowledge?
Stephen Downes claims in his presentation “E-Learning 2.0 – Why the new tools” (July 2006), that the new tools of E-Learning 2.0 enables new forms of learning. Really? And he quotes Konrad Glogowski who is saying that “My classroom is now a community of inquiry where knowledge emerges from conversation”.
Right. Anyone here who`s heard about Constructivism, Socio-cultural learning, and Bakthin?
The thing about ICT based tools is not that they present strikingly new, and previous unheard of ,ways of learning and teaching. They just gives us some new tools that might help us use the teaching tradition of our choice, based upon our attitudes to, and knowledge of, the various (and mostly very old) theories of teaching and learning.