Is it Time for a Disruptive Solution for Modern Education?
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This Week’s Topic: Is it Time for a Disruptive Solution for Modern Education?
You may be used to quick discussion starter posts for We Are The Network sessions. This is not one of those posts! I sat down to write this, realized that many threads wind together to create context for this discussion, then figured I should try to get them into written form. I hope this is interesting. Research for this session also turned up a number of interesting web references. Please feel free to add comments with relevant references. Thanks in advance for reading, and for being part of We Are The Network – here we go…
A Personal Experience with some nice results
This weekend I presented three different topics at the Virtual World Best Practices in Education 2010 conference: “Creating and Adapting Educational Curriculum for Virtual World Delivery,” “Delivery Skills for Connecting with Today’s Digitally Immersed Students in Face to Face, Social Media and Virtual World Settings” and “Adapting Agile Scrum Project Management for Face to Face, Social Media and Virtual World Education Projects.”
The conference included 176 presenter sessions in 48 hours, over 1000 pre-registered attendees (I’m still waiting to find out the total number of participants), and an enthusiastic, global audience. I presented some challenging material, and received comments from participants that the sessions interesting and highly engaging. A few said they were trying to multi-task but kept being drawn back – which was really a nice response!
…And Then the Big Surprise
There was, however, a big surprise. In the view of some participants, the learning received was better than had it been delivered in person! Although some of this result is based on the platform, my belief is that a large part of these successes were based on the use of a non-traditional instructional approach. I’m pretty certain that the same results could be generated in a pure face to face setting as well, and now know that virtual delivery works just as effectively with these techniques. As a result of these sessions I’ve been approached to deliver virtual sessions (some live video with bi-directional remote, to an international conference, and some in virtual world settings) at other conferences.
Are we on The Brink?
After years of work in face to face, online, mixed reality, social media and virtual world settings, this experience really got me to thinking. If these techniques and platforms have gotten to the point that some think they’re equal to or better than an in-person experience, are we on the brink of the disruption of another industry—one whose basis has been beyond question for years?
Research for this week’s session turned up many interesting findings, including Read more…