Last Thursday (21st Jan 2010) was the University of Ulster’s 8th Annual eLearning Conference “TEL it as IT is: Technology Enhanced Learning”. As in previous years the programme was varied and provided for some stimulating thought and discussion particularly around pedagogy with a USB cable attached.
For me one of the highlights was the keynote by Paul Moore, Professor of Creative Technologies at the University of Ulster who spoke on “Tel It Like It Isn’t – What it Means to be Literate in the 21st Century”. Delegates were reminded of how teaching but also learning has changed dramatically in recent years especially with the emergence of personal learning networks. Paul argued that in the future the most powerful learning medium will be the mobile phone in one of its various guises and outlined the implications this will have over the now traditional VLE in the context of an increasingly mobile learning environment.
So will this move towards PLEs and mobile learning spell the eventual demise of the VLE as we know it? Such arguments have been circulating in the blogosphere for some time now and will likely continue. I wonder what the students think?