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Listen and Learn

Your future may be the past you didn’t learn…

Listening to those that “have been there and done that” is critical to not repeating history and perhaps designing and developing a better future.  Sadly, I have found it rare for younger pedagogues/andragogues to take the time to listen to those who have gone before them…much farther.

What I am learning is that the modern net student wants to consume and construct information in a very different way than the past.  This change can partly be explained by adoption of mobile technologies, and present learning environs.

These changes have a profound effect on design and development of digital spaces.  This has been examined through the concept of personal learning environments (1ab).

Key observations by those professors of post-secondary learning environs:

  • ‘Death by Powerpoint’ – the  “digital overhead simulation” pushes information slide after slide until you are bored to death
  • Q and A – questions and answers have to be next to each other
  • One click/tap away – all content upfront, with no drill down necessary to access key information

For Consideration…

  • Content authoring via tablets.
  • Simplified content presentation
  • Open integration to existing enduser digital spaces
  • Socialized integration


  • LMS’s and MOOCS are constrictive analogue simulations by design
  • CMS and frameworks are potentially less restrictive
  • Accessibility is a major focus
  • Flat structures with less drill down to expedite content exposure


(1a) Original list of PLE Publications

(1b) Anderson, Terry (2006), PLE’s versus LMS: Are PLEs ready for Prime time?, Virtual Canuck, Blog

By: admin
Posted: February 18, 2015, 4:15 am


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