Digital and Online Learning Big for 2012

By Kim Jones, CEO of Curriki

A very interesting blog, recently posted by Tom Vander Ark, asserts that we have reached the “Turning Point for Personal Digital Learning” and that now “anyone can learn anything anywhere”. And anytime. He notes “it just doesn’t make sense to buy a backpack full of books for kids anymore”. You can find the blog here; it’s well worth a read.

Tom sees 5 streams of technology-based learning coming together in 2012:

  1. Digital learning – such as Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative
  2. Online learning – growing by nearly 50% per year
  3. Mobile learning – fueled by the explosion of tablets and education apps
  4. Social learning – the rise of dynamic learning groups
  5. Informal learning – ranging from peer-to-peer and learning games, to test prep and job training

Curriki is playing an important role in supporting each of these modalities of digital, online, mobile, social and informal learning, through the rapidly growing collection of open curricular resources at curriki.org and our support of collaboration, with hundreds of community groups available at the Curriki site.

(Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of GettingSmart.com.)

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2 responses to “Digital and Online Learning Big for 2012

  1. Nice website and information. I am a teacher and this technique will really help us.

  2. webdeveloper54

    These five streams of technology are very interesting.
    Digital learning – such as Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative
    Online learning – growing by nearly 50% per year
    Mobile learning – fueled by the explosion of tablets and education apps
    Social learning – the rise of dynamic learning groups
    Informal learning – ranging from peer-to-peer and learning games, to
    test prep and job training
    These streams will be converging in 2012. The question is how. This is why I am so excited by technology and how it is used in education. Will mobile learning be adopted by more accredited institutions? Will social learning become a larger part of more formal classes? Will dynamic learning groups of social learning mere with formal learning?

    What I believe is that most of these streams will become part of traditional learning because these is still a need for formal learning with the content experts that are associated with it.

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