These are my notes from Prof Ronghuai Huang’s presentation, “eLearning in the Chinese Context” at the 21st Century Learning @ the West Lake Expo held Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2009 at Xi Hu, China, also known as West Lake. West Lake is in the center of Hangzhou, China, which is about an hour by bus southwest of Shanghai. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. DR HUANG’S IS PRESENTING ALMOST ENTIRELY IN MANDARIN, CHINESE, AND IS SHARING A LITTLE BIT IN ENGLISH. MOSTLY IT IS IN CHINESE. I’M TAKING SOME PHOTOS, AND WILL GO BACK AND EMBED SOME OF THOSE PHOTOS OF HIS SLIDES HERE THAT ARE IN ENGLISH.

Beijing Normal University
– Engineering Center for eLearning & Lifelong Learning, MOE

most important people here are the students
– most of the participants here are Chinese students

Story of IBM eLearning and costs

Now discussing eLearning’s route in the Chinese context
– 1996-2000: Internet rising
shows effect of SARS in boosting eLearning

Approach #1
– the habits of reader are being changed, then the learning would be designed to focus on how to solve problems instead of to read and browse rich materials

Now discussing problem of boredom in schools

NOw showing a pyramid with labels in Chinese
– 20% of learning is from school, 80% is from informal sources

Learning by doing and work-based learning are important methodologies for 21st century schools

1: EXPERIENCE the activity, perform, do it
2: SHARE the results, reactions, and observations publicly
3: PROCESS by discussing, looking at the experience, analyze, reflect
4: GENERALIZE to connect the experience to real-world examples
5: APPLY what was learned to a similar or different situation; practice

THIS IS THE SAME IMAGE DR. HUANG JUST SHARED, WHICH I FOUND ONLINE:

Learning by doing model

Approach #2: The technical environment suitable to learning would be integrated with hand-held devices from personal computer-based ones.

Sharing quotation from John Daniel in 2001

Now discussing handheld computing devices

Now discussing m-learning vs e-learning
– Brown 2004
– I THINK M-LEARNING IN THIS CONTEXT MAY APPLY TO MOBILE LEARNING

Now discussing iTunes U

Showing Marc Rosenberg’s new paradigm for learning:

Marc Rosenberg's new paradigm learning

Now discussing a blended learning model

YEAH, A REFERENCE TO BLENDED LEARNING, EVEN WITH A PHOTO OF A BLENDER! 🙂 POWERFUL INGREDIENTS FOR BLENDED LEARNING IS MY FAVORITE WAY NOW OF DISCUSSING THIS MENU OF DIGITAL LEARNING TOOLS AND OPTIONS.

Approach #4: The overall design of training would pay more attention to human performance instead of how to organize training (SOMEWHERE HERE I MISSED THE TITLE FOR APPROACH #3)

HEARING THIS PRESENTATION REALLY MAKES WE WISH WE HAD SYNCHRONOUS TRANSLATION TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE, FOR THINGS LIKE YOU SEE AT THE UNITED NATIONS FOR SOMEONE BEING SIMULTANEOUSLY TRANSLATED INTO MULTIPLE LANGUAGES VIA A COMPUTER PROGRAM

Now discussing the definition of a learning management system (LMS)
– discussing feature listings from wcet edu tools of different LMS’s

Ryann K Ellis’ 2009 survey, “Field Guide to Learning Management Systems” by ASTD Learning Circuits (PDF)
– survey asked respondents to identify the most valuable features of an LMS
– main answers were: assessment and testing, more…
From the actual PDF referenced:

Analytics, 17.3%
Assessment and testing, 42.5%
Authoring, 19.7%
Course Catalogue, 28.3%
Certification, 18.9%
Collaboration tool integration, 15%
Compliance tracking, 46.5%
Content management, 29.9%
ERP/CRM integration, 8.7%
Learner-centered, 39.4%
Manager approval, 19.7%
Reporting, 52.8%
Security, 14.2%
Standards, 18.1%

e-Learning, m-Learning, u-Learning
online learning, blended learning

I’M NOT PERSONALLY CLEAR ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN E-LEARNING, M-LEARNING, AND U-LEARNING… NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS!

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