Does Technology Transform Learning?

Let’s start with the definition of transformation in the context of learning; there are many and they are varied depending on your perspective. IGI Global says it’s ‘dramatic transitions in the way in which people learn’ and Deloitte says it’s ‘optimising your learning operations to reduce costs or fund investments’, so one is about how people learn and the other is about the strategy of learning. I prefer to think of learning transformation to be about improved outcomes for learners, which might be qualification grades but equally could be reduction in cost of learning, career doors opening, a passion for lifelong learning and a sense of personal and social responsibility. We can change the way that people learn, but if it doesn’t improve outcomes for them then what is the point? We can reduce the cost of learning, which can often be a driver for the use of technology, but does it help the learner, well it can indirectly. The reduction in delivery cost could mean a less expensive course and that there is more time for learner support.

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