Understanding the learning experience

January 27, 2010

The learning experience of on-line environments

Is it just me or is the term ‘learner experience’ being used more and more in connection with blended or on-line learning programmes?  How is technology connected with the Learner experience?   Can we say:

User Experience in a technology enhanced learning environment = Learning Experience?

This is certainly something we in NELL are very interested in understanding.  How does a learner’s experience in an on-line environment differ from that of a learner in a traditional classroom? How does e-learning contribute to that experience?  What pedagogies or strategies can we use to make sure  that blended learning and on-line learning not only match traditional learning in terms of the learner experience but also make them better and how?   How can we enhance the learning experience through technology?

As John Locke, the philosopher once said:

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.

Once we understand more about the learner experience, we can seek to improve on it.

I just heard a really interesting webinar about on-line resources and how to use them to great effect from IT Sligo.    This a new Learning and Teaching Webinar Series from IT Sligo that broadcasts live every Wednesday lunchtime.

Check out IT Sligo’s  blogspot for more info. and a full schedule of Webinars.


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