My plan for the next while is to blog my way through the new book “Emerging Technologies in Distance Education“, edited by George Veletsianos and published by Athabasca University Press (including a freely available e-book version)
As a contributor to the book, I had the opportunity to read an early proof but was unable to talk about it in any detail until the completed book was made widely available. Now that it is (and being mentioned on Twitter, etc.) I think the time has come for some great conversations about s the ideas presented.
So… starting with the introduction, which of course outlines the basic premise of the book and also describes the need for a definition of emerging technologies and the need for a greater understanding of how these are used in distance education, Veletsianos describes a theme of choices and opportunities (p. 13)
A repeating dilemma will arise with each new wave of technology: Should this be used for formal education or is it a personal/social tool better left in the realm of information communication?” Anderson (chapter 2), Wellburn and Eib (chapter 3), Martindale and Dowdy (chapter 9), and Kop (chapter 14) implicitly raise the same question. While a strong desire (and perhaps pressure) exists to employ new and emerging technologies in formal distance education (see chapter 1), it is important that we critically evaluate (and experiment with) a set of technologies with respect to the opportunities that they afford.