Oh, Daphne the dog! Tell us what went wrong!
“””koller, Daphne. \””what We’re Learning From Online Education”””
In the world of digitalization, it is very rare for us to find a viable and innovative idea. Online education, on the other hand, seems to have this magic. To see the growth of online education in such a short period of time, I think it is a brilliant idea because education is both expensive and uncertain. This combination has contributed to the increased entry of new institutions into the market and the resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit in the economy. Online education, to my knowledge, is not just limited to academic institutions, nor is it just aimed at today’s students. These days, virtually anyone can learn about nearly any subject and type of skill possible, if they apply themselves to the process. Why hasn’t the government or the market acknowledged this fact and demanded that more people are enrolled in online education? Maybe I should just agree with the assessment that online education has all the qualities of an ongoing revolution and I’m just too stuck in this e-era. After all, it is called “Digital Education”, right?
The digital era, a version of which was described in my classic book, Facelift, the story of the 1970s consumer revolution in mass-produced televisions, has just begun to move into something more than just, “the digital lifestyle”, since it’s something that involves us as individuals as well as corporations. The basic form of this transformation is the acquisition of information as a single, interconnected, single-purpose. There is no longer a separate “screen”: information is “in your head,” not the “room”. A great example is the smartphone that first entered the market for consumer applications back in 2007: it was basically a single-purpose device; it could store and connect to your email, it had a computer to play music and photos, it could be unlocked to your contacts, and it was highly functional as an alarm clock. Now, by 2020, consumer product interfaces will be able to morph in “a number of ways”, within two months alone. Under the new regime, the keys that differentiate an ordinary iPhone from a high-end Model S will be “blended”, meaning that in two months time, one will be able to unlock your vehicle by pushing the shoulder of your wrist, the latest iPad can transform into an operating system that serves different purposes—“learning, news, TV, maps, movies”, all aspects of our lives can be catered to individually as a key object, rather than having to buy a new device.
In order to summarize a range of applications that are at present available in the digital era, the leading modes of interaction are instant messages, blog posts, podcasts, surveys, instant messages and web chats; more and more people are using social media and forums to provide each other with information, advice, and suggestions. To add another application, the experience has been basically the use of social networks to socialize online, and to communicate with our own living friends, a kind of MySpace, and different applications have emerged based on this approach.
A new revolution is underway in digital communications and social circles, and our ability to have instant online conversation via the web is a definite advantage in our quest for truth and wisdom in our world, which is increasingly a global one. Both desktop and mobile devices have rendered it easy for us to deliver a timely contribution and, at the same time, to extend our reach to someone who may need it— whether because he has a hard time accessing your twitter feed, or maybe because he has nothing to say, or perhaps because he is just not interested in your message. Our individual networks now can be freely available.
All of these trends are exciting, and I’m actually going to try them out myself and see how I enjoy them, and whether they will change my daily life in a good way or how I lose ground to other people. It’s only the beginning, and my guess is that the online revolution will lead to new health and wellness products that we’ll never have dreamed of before. This new economy may also enhance existing industries; I think that there are plans in the making for a direct and objective future class, which won’t come as an unexpected surprise for us. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be surprised too!”
’’This is how we’re learning from online education.’’
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