From the Field - Shifts of Control

Photo of three teachers standing in front of a chalk board. As expectations for teachers shift away from traditional approaches, so do expectations of what online learning will look like in the years to come.

In Stephen Downes' eyes, the model of online learning as being a type of content, produced by publishers, organized and structured into courses, and consumed by students, is turning on its head.

He envisions a future of personalized online learning that looks something like a blogging tool with students creating their own content.

"It represents one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students.

It becomes, not an institutional or corporate application, but a personal learning center, where content is reused and remixed according to the student's own needs and interests" (Downes, 2005).

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