After completing the readings from the first two weeks I am now starting to get a better idea of what e-learning is and what it encompasses.Â It is understandable that I was somewhat confused about this topic as e-learning can be referred to using many different terms (Guri-Rosenlit & Gros, 2011, Confusing Terminology, para. 5; Canadian Council on Learning, 2009, p.13).Â When I initially approached this course, I was pondering whether or not e-learning was the new way that computers were going to take over teaching jobs.Â Ever since I started teaching I have been hearing how computers were going to replace teachers, yet it still has not come to fruition.Â
Guri-Rosenlit & Gros (2011), state that one of the expectations of e-learning is that the use of the technologies would magically transform the education system putting students at the center and giving them the ability to be creative problem solvers and high level thinkers (Introduction, para. 2).Â Technology is not the big game changer that people perceived it to be.Â Schools are having the same difficulties with information and communication technology.Â All the money that is and has been directed into technology has not necessarily changed the way that individuals teach.Â The way in which teachers use the technology is what will be the game changer.Â Teachers, whether they are working online or in the class need to use the technology to help improve the learning experience for the students.Â Â Technology is only one of the many tools that an educator can access to improve the overall learning experience.Â Changes that occur need to be within the teachersâ€™ pedagogy (Friesen & Lock, 2010).Â Teachers need to understand how students learn today and take advantage of some of the technologies they regularly use in order to make the learning more meaningful.Â Iâ€™m not sure what this would look like in an e-learning environment as I still am seeing the transformations of this within the school. Regardless of how things change, teachers will need to evolve along with technology in order to meet student needs.Â
Canadian Council on Learning, (2009). State of E-learning in Canada.
Â Friesen, S. & Lock, J.V. (2010). High performing districts in the application of 21st century learning technologies. College of Alberta School Superintendents.
Â Grui-Rosenblit, S. & Gros, G. (2011). E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges. The Journal of Distance Education, 25(1).