Jonathan Rowland

      One example when e-learning lived up to its promise

      Courses transferred from the physical classroom to Blackboard Collaborate with at most a couple of weeks notice due to the plague. Fast forward a term or two and materials are being delivered confidently, this was for a course with specific progression requirements and limited flexibility for what students could choose to work on. A case could be made for the online version being more effective and less stressful for a certain portion of the course.

      One example of when e-learning failed to live up to its promise 

      Perhaps not strictly e-learning but a lesson in how not to bring new tech into a classroom as a replacement for physical tools. Introduction of interactive whiteboards in a large teaching centre around 2003. Training, was principally, ‘how to use IWBs as whiteboards’, most teachers still quite excited to have a new classroom toy to play with. Problems with implementation? Remove traditional whiteboards, don’t ask whether the kit will stand up to being used in a busy teaching centre with a significant proportion of YL’s. Disillusion, reams of A3 being taken into classrooms, board pens (quite expensive apparently) falling apart, and occasionally hurled into the harbour. 18 months later regular whiteboards and markers re-installed alongside IWB’s.