When elected British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan uttered these words in 1959, I was 12 years old. He summarised what he thought were future halcyon days for Britain. It didn’t work out so well for Macmillan.
But 50 years later, these same words can be used to describe genuinely a halcyon time for those who wish to learn all about elearning.
Never has there been a time when world leaders in the field of elearning have been so generous with their advice – on all aspects of elearning, from the best available software, both free and commercial, to the best technique in elearning design.
Never has there been a time when so much free debate and ebullient discourse between those experienced in the field of elearning have been so accessible to anyone who has the wherewithal and takes the trouble to access it.
Never has there been a time when virtual festivals of learning have raged so splendidly and so deeply on the intricacies of thought, idea, knowledge, pedagogy and scaffolding on behalf of that favoured being, the elearner.
Never has there been a time when all of this has been so easily accessible in archives that date back ten years and more.
Never has there been a time when a teacher/tutor/instructor/learner could build so easily his or her own online database of information on elearning using the most up-to-date free software to access the Internet.
From regular blogs on the subject, written by experts on practical tips and tricks, through expert tuition on blogging, on how to use blogs and all the attendant embeds, widgets and devices, and advice on current changes in those, to a 60 minute mini-course on elearning design practice. Chronicles that burst forth cornucopias of up-to-date news-streams on everything that’s happening online, feeds that weld collaboratively the joint thinking and writing of elearning experience from all over the world, you could read about it all 24/7.
The above ‘fan of links’ (with apologies to Sue Waters) merely skims the surface of the skin of what wonderful fruit is available online for anyone to enjoy in elearning all that is currently known, available and being developed.
When it comes to finding out and digesting anything to do with elearning, you’ve never had it so good!
Tom Kuhlmann - The Rapid Elearning Blog 50 Practical Tips and Tricks
Skellie - Skelliewag.org Bloggers: Watch and Learn
Sue Waters - The Edublogger Have You Re-inserted Your GA Tracking Code?
Clive Shepherd - 60 Minute Masters
Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web
Browse My Stuff - Tony Karrer's brainchild Elearning Learning