Came across this infographic on Twitter. Thought it was interesting for multiple reasons. However, the visuals bring up an issue we have to address. eLearning platforms are becoming a significant part of the educational experience. This is the case K-12 and for post-secondary education.
We are trying at the high school where I serve as a supervisor of instruction to foster "blended learning environments." There needs to be a thriving virtual community where classroom stakeholders can continue and further the exchange of ideas and resources. Folded into a blended learning environment is the notion of supporting global classrooms. Each course offering has to establish a social network that extends beyond the classroom to deepen the experience through connecting with experts and professionals. A blended environment that is organic and connected is valued and should be a consistent force in schools.
However, before embracing the eLearning world, we have to examine the quality of these services. A student's experience should only be of the highest quality and integrity. As opposed to outsourcing the eLearning experience I wonder how this can be developed in-house. An opportunity exists for schools to join forces to crowdsource resources and produce an abundance of rich and relevant open source materials. What interests are for-profit enterprises serving?
What are your thoughts about the infographic and what questions does it force us to ask?