Say what you will about Google. Like it or hate it. In either case it is worthwhile sitting up to take notice of a recent trend. Google is paying attention to the online learning revolution. Personally, I think this is a good thing. Google, like Adobe and Open Source Developers have a long history of helping digital media users LEARN. Take a look at where Google is going….
I wrote about synchronous learning in a recent post where I suggested that technological applications have advanced to a point where real-time exchanges between students and instructor, students and students can be facilitated seamlessly, leading to improved quality and better outcomes in online learning. Real time interactions can fill the void frequently mentioned by students and educators—the absence of a personal connection, the human touch in online learning environments. My position is that synchronous, real-time exchanges will bring what we now call ‘distance learning’, or ‘online learning’ to a new level, where distance is no longer a barrier, and online learning becomes ‘learning’. Distance and the barriers associated with it will disappear.
In this post I review the Google Helpouts platform, launched by Google in late 2013 that provides a method for face-to-face learning via a video…
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