I received the following question via the Google Talk widget on my blog:
“I saw the ad for the Multi-Generational report you did. I like the alternative viewpoint that maybe the multi-generational thing isn’t a big deal as it is being discussed at all the industry trade shows. I am not yet buying into the idea that we need to create Facebook, SecondLife, learner-driven content (e.g., wiki, texting) type learning simply because the younger generation learns that way.”
That last part – basically the idea that we need to use “2.0” tools and technologies because young people learn that way is something I hope no one buys into. People across generations expect rich, collaborative learning which may or may not be enabled by Web 2.0 tools. Don’t you? I don’t want to listen to this & then respond. Train, learn. It’s content-centric.
I want learning that is social. Don’t you? I want some structure – maybe contextualized concepts – that allow me to construct my own meaning through interactions with others. There is still structure. Guide, learn. It’s learner-centric. I’m doing that now. I try to construct my own meaning based on the question. Your responses will further guide me.
I think this is the struggle. How to make e-learning less content-centric and more learner-centric. Short answer: quit trying to control everything. Quit trying to elicit a specific response. Be a guide. For everyone. Being a Web 2.0-enabled guide depends on your environment. However, they are conducive to social learning. And people expect that. Don’t you?
If you buy this learner-centric environment enabled by the Web 2.0 tools that are so shiny now, where does that traditional e-learning course you’re working on fit in?