January 31st, 2007 by Martin


No, I won’t talk here about computer games and violence. The picture is just a cheap trick to gain attention. So please continue reading… ;-)

Egolearner - that’s an expression that turned up last year during a conversation with Stephan Baumann during lunchbreak. And reading the posting Definition: Massively Multi-learner Online Learning Environment (MMOLE) by Karl Kapp [via Stephen Downes], it came back into my mind.

It’s nothing new when I state here that we have to get away from teacher-centric approaches. Of course the learner should have the control, and there are a lot of new possibilites arising in the whole development labeled “Web2.0″. And “computer generated learning environments in which large numbers of learners interact with each other in a virtual three-dimensional (3D) world” (Knapp) may sound futuristic for many people, but for the digital natives, it will be natural to learn in such environments. Let’s see when Blackboard will try to get a patent for such learning environments ;-)