OK, so I’m not the type of person who likes to keep long personal logs or elaborate mindmaps of my thoughts. I prefer short 140 character tweets. I followed quite a few MOOCs already, finished half of them and ‘cheated’ on one because I wasn’t going to make such a concept map any way (#lak13). However, in this case I’d thought I’d make an exception. It’s for Octel, an open course in technology enhanced learning. It could easily be that this is both the first and the last post and I will continue via twitter but then it has been fun while it lasted. Will I learn new stuff? I don’t know. What I do know is that TEL has had my interest for many years now.
For me, the main question about TEL would be how to incorporate it in daily school practice, without being evangelical about it. Of course, some tools are nice and interesting to use, but do they give much in return for the investment. Wouldn’t a classroom discussion face-to-face be more efficient? When would TEL be beneficial? And would it be beneficial for everyone (social inclusion)? Not only the white upper class? How can we show teachers how you can use TEL, again, without being evangelical? And, finally, can we have the patience that is needed to integrate TEL or should we just wait and not do anything? Maybe change will come about any way, but not just tomorrow.