Rethinking Ourselves as Digital Communities: How to See New Things Under the Digital Sun

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Thought Leaders Webinar Series - August 17, 2010

Richard Thieme

Technology writer

eLearning requires exceptional communication, expertise at usability and human factors in computing, and in the end, knowing how to reframe what and how people think and learn in digital environments. As Langdon Winner said, when we invent a new technology, we must also invent the kinds of people who will use it. When we computerize and digitize, preexisting cultural forms go liquid and lose their former shapes as they are retailored for computerized expression. This is true for every aspect of our lives, including teaching and learning. So eLearning is about both context and content. We can’t just translate old content into new; we must alter the content to fit the new context as well. That means turning context into content so we can manage it, and build new things with pieces of the old.

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