Is e-learning 2.0 about books or conversations?

How will the remixing of micro-content which dominates discussion of Web 2.0 affect e-learning? Some people believe that it will resemble individual content authoring via blogs. We don’t think so.

In eLearn magazine, Stephen Downes writes:

What happens when online learning ceases to be like a medium, and becomes more like a platform? What happens when online learning software ceases to be a type of content-consumption tool, where learning is “delivered,” and becomes more like a content-authoring tool, where learning is created? … Insofar as there is content, it is used rather than read and is, in any case, more likely to be produced by students than courseware authors.

He answers his own question:

The e-learning application, therefore, begins to look very much like a blogging tool. It represents one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students.

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