ALIA Schools Online Forum: Online learning – Day 2
Today we ask participants to consider online learning vs learning online. Is there a difference and what is your understanding of the two?
Kelly Gardiner, Online Learning Manager at the State Library of Victoria, has provided the following statement to start the conversation.
We learn online every day.
Learning online is what we do when we Google a query, watch a chef cooking a new dish on YouTube, follow a blog or network with colleagues on social media, listen to a podcast, or read an article on archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean seabed (just me?) or the night sky or the latest book review.
We learn something new – we explore, we are curious – every day and so we now learn online as a natural part of our human experience.
Online learning is more intentional – either on the part of the learner, or the person creating the learning experience. Online learning is – or should be – carefully designed around specific learning outcomes to meet the learners’ needs and support them to complete any learning tasks, whether or not the learner realises that’s happening. It may stand alone or complement other delivery channels and learning experiences.
Kelly Gardiner, 2016
We now ask participants to post a comment responding to this statement or to perhaps propose their own definition.
We look forward to reading and engaging with you all in the comments section of this post.