Let's start by considering a simple scenario:
Case Study: Emilia
Emilia receives a phone call from a technology vendor, hoping to sell her department a new e-learning platform. He describes the edTxt system.
- The course is delivered entirely as small chunks of content delivered to learners via SMS - that is, text messages (txt) on their mobile phone.
- As well as content to read, learners are sent multiple-choice questions to answer by replying to the SMS (e.g., A, B C or D).
- An automated system marks the answers to the multiple-choice questions.
- The system tracks each learner's responses and responds accordingly - for example, if the answers are correct, they get new content. If incorrect, they are re-sent the original content for revision.
- The teaching and learning process is fully automated, flexible and self-paced. Teachers are only involved in designing and developing the content which is uploaded to the system.
- The only human interaction involves contact with the help desk if learners need support.
Later, Emilia contacts you for advice about this proposal.
- Read the scenario above carefully.
- What sorts of assumptions about learning does this proposed technology make?
- Would you recommend that this is an appropriate technology for Emilia's course? Why/why not?
- Start a new discussion topic in the Moodle forum to share your thoughts and recommendation.
Note: this is a fictional scenario, based on an original professional development activity by Paul Left: edTxt