What is Online Learning?


Online learning refers to both formal and informal educational opportunities that take place through the web. This topic experienced a surge of interest with the rise of massive open online courses in 2012, and has since been garnering greater acceptance as a mode of learning that can complement face-to-face instruction in blended learning approaches — or stand on its own. As leaders have gained a better understanding of this field, they have been conducting numerous related online learning experiments; educators are becoming more comfortable testing various levels of integration in their existing courses, and many believe that online learning can be an effective catalyst for thoughtful discussion on all pedagogical practice. Indeed, online learning is undergoing a sea change, with every dimension of the process open for reconceptualization.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Not surprisingly, like many others in this project, I am quite positive about the potential of online/blended learning but is the higher education sector in Australia building capacity quickly enough and moving in the right direction? There has been some discussion in the Flipped Classroom section about "flipping the teacher" and building capacity. Seems like we have been talking about it for years but what progress have we really made in terms of changing what lecturers do, say and think? - geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 16, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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