#EDEN14 Let’s look into the future! E-learning trends and hypes in academic teaching


Helge Fischer, Univ of Dresden

 What comes next is always most interesting question. Horizon report suggests we take a global view, and that pace of change is rapid. Fischer’s study analysed German academic environment (scientific discussions at conferences and publication abstracts) to try to assess what the next big thing might be. Suggestion that the current focus is on learning management, social software, e-assessment, audio/video, MOOCs, mobile learning, e-portfolios, etc. Not all of these are new or particularly innovative. So what is, and what might be the focus of the next few years? Well, not virtual roles (eg Second Life) perhaps as this was a somewhat surprising omission in the academic literature. 

Difficult to make many predictions… MOOCs may be the next big thing, we will need to wait and see….

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About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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