The paper discussed various technologies used in the educational landscape. The fact that learner management systems need to adapt to new technologies – hardware and software – is quite clear. As stated in the paper ‘An adaptive system adjusts itself to suite particular learner characteristics and needs of the learner’. However, one has not seen much of this actually coming to fruition in the classrooms. Most classroom systems are still controlled by the teachers who adapt curriculum to new information. Learning styles have evolved from the blackboard to PowerPoint and video presentations via data projectors.
I feel there is much to be done in educating and coaching teachers in the use of new technologies. One of the new technologies that are being used to connect remote classrooms is virtual presence. This is highly dependent internet connectivity and good bandwidth.
Technologies used for this is the basic Skype and the more professional Cisco WebEx and Telepresence suites. This allows presenters to have interaction with learners at remote locations. Web cam cameras also allow students to ‘see’ what a piece of practical equipment looks like when teaching skills-based courses. As the paper describes, these new technologies depend on factors based around policies and standards that educational institutions may adopt.