Posted by: John Savageau in elearning on
Nov 14, 2009
What? Leveling the intellectual playing field with Stanford? The home of elite, wealthy, and over-privileged?
While eLearning is nothing new to the Internet generation, traditionally eLearning content was dull, "uninspirational," and in many cases an ineffective alternative to residence or classroom learning. Commercialized or neutralized to make lessons suitable for the masses, or in a worst case part of an uninspired project by religious or international organizations with motives more focused internally than for the benefit of their own organization - rather than the ultimate users of their product.
So we compare access to intellectual stimulation and development a student may have in residence at Stanford, UC Berkeley, or MIT to a kid growing up in Ramallah (Palestine), and the playing field appears far from level. Stanford will continue to pump out global business leaders, and the kid in Ramallah will learn to survive.