e-Doing is not e-Learning
Posted December 20, 2011on:
In a Straits Times article, a Year 1 junior college student complained about the downside of e-learning.
At the risk of beating an old horse to death, I’ll say this: What the student described is e-doing, not e-learning.
This is teach less learn more gone wrong. It is teach less, do more, learn nothing, give e-learning a bad name.
How do we solve this problem? Take away the e-doing and the attempts at e-teaching and focus on the learning instead. It is not WHAT to learn but HOW to learn that matters in e-learning.
Another way to deal with the problem is to integrate e-learning into everyday learning. This could mean designing blended forms of learning, avoiding dedicated e-doing days or weeks, and incorporating or taking advantage of informal opportunities for learning.
Collectively, these actions require a rethink and redesign of e-based learning so that it is seamless when viewed against other forms of learning. Given the right circumstances, this relook could serve as a catalyst for redoing the rest of the curriculum.