No, technology is not everything; but yes, it is important

I don’t write much about technology in order to make sure that the other aspects of online and digital learning get due emphasis. This does not mean that the tools and technologies you use to develop and deliver learning are not important – they most certainly are: it is rather to keep this factor from taking over as the primary one, which is not unusual (see my earlier post, Fetishising Technology). Hopefully, as technology gets more ubiquitous in learning the need to distinguish “online”, “digital” or even “blended” will recede, as the current usage puts too much focus on the technology – conversely, we rarely feel the need to specify “classroom” or “hardy copy” learning when we talk about education in general, as these sorts of environments and technologies are recognised rightly as tools for the greater purpose – learning – rather than goals or “solutions” in their own right.

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