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/ log / 24th Mar, 2011

70 * Seven things about e-learning

  1. Thu, 24th Mar 2011
  2. 1 Comment
  3. e-Learning
  4. Horizon Report
  5. Educause
  6. Overview
  7. Technology
  8. Trend

Can you remember seven things? When I stumbled today about the term ‘7 Things’ I remembered at once an article in Jon Tan’s blog. It was something like telling seven things people do not yet know about you. I didn’t remember the details but obviously the idea. So when I read about ‘seven things you should know about ...’ I was wondering why it was once again ‘7’. Is it an idiom? Or is it just coincidence that I have not stumbled upon eight or five thing topics?

Well, if I remember correctly 7 is something like the upper limit of the short-term memory; Or at least it is something between five and seven. That is the reason why websites should not have more than seven topics. Or why serial numbers are usually dissected into 5 character chunks. The site I stumbled upon was a publications category from EDUCAUSE‘7 Things you Should Know About ...”. A library containing 70 resources right now, each concerning 7 things about a special aspect of e-learning technology. Each paper starts with a scenario that explains the application of the technology, followed by seven questions that are covered over two pages:

  1. What is it?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Who’s doing it?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teching and learning?

EDUCAUSE promotes the collection as a ‘no-jargon, quick overview of a topic’ to ‘share them with time-pressed colleagues’. The collection is also interesting because of the possibility to see which are the most visited documents and which are ranked highest. No wonder EDUCAUSE publishes the Horizon Report about emerging technologies in e-learning. Though game-based learning is not a topic yet.


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1 Comment

  1. 1 by Heinrich on 3rd Apr 2011 at 19:22

    During the last e-Learning Baltics we attended a talk of Jochen Robes (http://www.weiterbildungsblog.de/). He analysed the Horizon Report also and demonstrated that expectations of game based learning as an important topic of the future were declining… so is not a topic yet is a euphemism wink 

    On the other hand he links to http://www.weiterbildungsblog.de/2011/03/30/spielerisch-lernen-und-zusammenhange-erkunden/


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