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The Web is 25 years old – so how has it changed the way we learn?

The Web is 25 years old – so how has it changed the way we learn?

“25 years ago today, on 12 March 1989, the British scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal to develop a distributed information system for CERN, and in doing so lay down the foundation for what was to become the World Wide Web. In the ensuing 25 years there can be few people whose lives haven’t been influenced by the Web in some way or other. But how has it changed the way we learn? “

“Although the Web has offered us the opportunity to participate in much wider open educational opportunities online, and in recent years the MOOC movement has meant that it is now very easy to sign up for an online course at a university or educational establishment anywhere in the world, the fact is, we now have easy access to all kinds of ways to help us to learn about almost anything. Many of these are not instructional courses but are resources in many different formats – videos, screencasts, podcasts, etc – which have often been created by individuals and shared freely and willingly on the Web.

But more than this many of us are using social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ to build a personal/professional  network of trusted friends and colleagues. These social networks have become an important part of our professional lives as they let us make global connections with other like-minded individuals. We often refer to our professional network as a Personal Learning Network (or PLN) because, in many cases, if we have a learning or performance problem we often turn first to our professional network for help. However, it is clear that we interact with our professional networks in a number of significant ways: to ask and answer questions; to exchange ideas, resources and experiences; and to learn from one another in many different ways – sometimes even without even realising it!”


Posted on: September 27, 2014, 6:07 am Category: Uncategorized