Academics resistant to e-learning?

An interesting article in today's THE online (thanks Oliver) teases out some of the main reasons why academics might be resistant to 'e-learning': 
  • when academics saw that their students' technological expertise exceeded their own, their identities as "expert knowledge providers" was undermined
  • those interviewed believed that face-to-face contact between academic and student was more important than technology, and that e-learning should supplement rather than replace this
I actually think this is based on a misunderstanding of the term 'e-learning', which is quite widely understood as 'doing everything online' - it isn't. Using technology to enhance teaching practice is the same as using a chalkboard - you simply have to learn to use it well and I think that's where the problem really lies: Universities need to provide the structure (especially time) for academic colleagues to be able to engage with the technology creatively in their professional lives... what do you think?


  1. This is very ture. Many people do beleive that e-Learning is simply 'do it online'. Effective e-learning practice takes place when used in context and in collaboration with traditional teaching methods. It's simply a tool, people need to 'learn' how to take full advantage of it.

  2. Well put - context is all!

  3. Bilúsjust to let you know that I am posting this comment on your blog as part of the task for this week and to practise.It is very useful to keep up with the technology that students use in their everyday life so you can incorporate this in your teaching and reach to them easier. They will identify with material faster if it is presented in a familiar, up-to-date format.I remmeber when my mother had never handled a mobile phone and now she is a pro in texting. She never imagined!:)

  4. Clearly, our relationship with technology is pretty deep in our lives now and is sure to become deeper still - and I think once you've got past the initial barriers, there is a lot of potential for real creativity and expression; I'm looking forward to see how this stuff will emerge in your teaching and professional practice! :-)


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