E-learning futures? Speculations for a time yet to come

John G. Hedberg*

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This paper examines some of the ways in which e-learning has failed to live up to its early promise and suggests how this situation might be remedied. Two of the main challenges for the future of e-learning are explored: the ever shifting nature of the e-landscape, characterized by its rapidly changing technologies, software and marketing mechanisms; the difficulty of helping teachers find ways to exploit the capacities offered by these 'disruptive technologies' as they continue to bring about change. It is argued that if our investment in e-learning is to be recouped then what is needed is a paradigm shift to the employment of 'disruptive pedagogies' This would involve the use of teaching strategies that exploit the currently underused capacities of technology options in such a way as to enable student engagement, motivation and higher order thinking skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-183
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Continuing Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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