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January 13, 2011


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Ellen, I'm so glad you blogged about this. I actually summoned your wisdom in response to answering a question on Quora (here: http://www.quora.com/What-is-stopping-some-educators-and-trainers-from-more-openly-accepting-and-adopting-eLearning-solutions).

I whole-heartedly agree with you that the very people who advocate for learning technologies must eat their own soup.

ellen wagner

Jay and Suresh, thanks for comments. Here's the thing. I watch the divide growing between people who are focusing on the learning and people who focus on technology. There needs to be a place in the middle that makes sure that techies and theorists actually communicate when it comes to executing on real live technology mediated learning.

Suresh Susarla

Really enjoyed reading your post. I agree to most of your argument but i would like to call for a lesser emphasis on the "E". You can call me a learning theorist which i wont deny but i also understand the technical aspect. I think we have spent over a decade focusing more (sometimes only) on the "E" aka technology. I would like to see a shift of focus on the learning part after all this all about teaching and a good teaching content should be cognizant about sound learning theories.

In closing i think the words really doesn't matter as long as we are all working towards the same goal.

Jay Cross

Ellen, of course "e" matters. The net matters. Always. It's part of life.

That doesn't mean we need to tack "e" to the front of terms like learning. Taking the e-factor into account is a given.

"eLearning" suggests there's this non-e learning that's somehow a different animal. Ain't so.


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