“Technology really supports the practices that improve learning,as experience has taught us,bringing good results in the case of the Y-Generations we have been working
lately”. Comment from Alinabalan on Flickr at http://flic.kr/p/dVxSWL
I see the role of technology in terms of providing access to resources on the learners’ terms: asynchronously, in a medium he or she is comfortable with, replayable, searchable, indexable, clippable ad aggregateable.
eLearning and by nature of affiliation, mLearning or Distant Learning, is about inclusion not exclusion and the concept of native/immigrant is about who is excluded from understanding and utilising technology for a purpose (dystopian) than an inclusive perspective (utopian).
While technology-related metaphors help us make sense of the fast-pacing change, they can also shape our conceptions regarding the learning process and whether it needs to be enhanced with technology or not. Therefore, the adoption or avoidance of using new technologies to transfer new meaning to students is affected by the use of our language and the way we reify abstract ideas.
Kirkwood, Adrian & Price, Linda (2013): Technology-enhanced learning and
teaching in higher education: what is ‘enhanced’ and how do we know? A critical literature review, Learning, Media and Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2013.770404