As I reflect on the first eight chapters, it became clear that the speed of how quickly technology evolved based on the need for better tools was faster than I remember. From 1994 – 2001 I was somewhat aware of how technology began taking hold within our lives and post-secondary institutions. At the post-secondary institution, I worked at during this timeframe, the mention of E-Learning created anxiety among faculty who taught courses face-to-face. It was no surprise that the debate surrounding online learning and its potential for reaching more students, as described by Weller (2020), can still be seen as a negative instead of a positive addition to educational institutions. E-learning adaptation has taken hold due to the pandemic, as well as lessened the bias that previously existed surrounding online education. I hope that virtual learning continues; everyone should have access to education without sacrificing other aspects of their lives.

The chapter on learning objects (LO) was most surprising to me. I had always wondered why there wasn’t a central database for courses that most post-secondary institutions deliver, for example, first-year English courses. A consistent course outline with expected outcomes would be helpful when assessing the transferability of courses. Students would seamlessly move from one institution to another without wondering if the courses they have previously taken are equivalent to what is offered at their new institution. Weller (2020) described many reasons LO did not materialize beyond the planning stage, including defining content too much, having content be too general and copyright concerns. Although Weller (2020) indicated that the LO is an idea that did not take hold, he suggests that some future technology within education and beyond is in some way using LO as a foundational element. It would be a great benefit to students if they could transfer between institutions and know what they have completed can be used towards a credential before starting a new post-secondary institution. It would benefit students and post-secondary institutions greatly if a more consistent open educational resource (OER) or LO system is developed.

I am enjoying this technology journey.

References

Weller, M. (2020). 25 years of ed tech. Athabasca University Press. https://doi.org/10.15215/aupress/9781771993050.01