Re: [IATEFLComputer Sig] a little confuse :( (fwd)
- <rubs hands in anticipation of a really good debate>
Right then. Clive writes:
> I would also say e-learning has a commercial connotation whereas CALLI don't agree with that at all. There's lots and lots of e-learning being
offered both on a commercial and non-commercial basis - especially in the
US, virtually all universities now integrate e-learning into their regular
curriculum. Some classes are taught on a face-to-face basis, while others
are offered via the Internet, and others again offer a combination of both.
I don't think the term "e-learning" has a commercial undertone at all.
> e-learning is a much hyped expression and is associated with fast,"efficient", "anytime" and "any place" I'd agree with, but not "fast"
> efficient, anytime, any place learning.
really. If you're talking about videos etc for instance CD-ROMs will be
"faster" than what you could get from the net.
> In addition it is not limited toVery true.
> language learning.
> The connotation of e-learning when applied to languagecan
> learning is similar to those advertisements for linguaphone courses you
> find in newspapers. It is, of course, all hype and no substance!Oi!! What's that supposed to mean? Sure, there are bad online courses, just
like there are bad cowboy schools on Oxford Street in London. The medium
itself has nothing to do with what it is used for; e-learning as such is
neither good nor bad, it's what is done with it by the
authors/developers/teachers that makes it useful, a waste of time or
somewhere in between.