Educational uses for Rev
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Aug 12 14:31:53 CDT 2004
>>I agree with Richard. I would go considerably further and say that
>>web-based interactive learning materials have not lived up to their
>>hype. My rule of thumb is to use the Internet to (1) make getting and
>>sharing information convenient for students and (2) deploy learning
>>vehicles only if they involve interactions among them.
> Thanks, Gregory, for this insight.
> I find it particularly interesting given that I just finished a
> master's in instructional design & technology... in which the
> mantra seemed to be "web uber alles". And, like you, I tended
> to disagree.
> I think the problem with the web uber alles folks is that they do not
> possess the ability (much less the interest, I guess) of producing
> standalone interactive courseware. So what we get is alot of form
> trumping function.
One sadly pervasive problem is that too many self-described
"authorities" on e-learning mistake the Internet for the Web.
I can understand why they didn't stumble across my "Beyond the Browser"
But it's hard to imagine how anyone who claims to be an authority on
e-learning could not stumble across any of the dozens of related
articles I cite there.
The Web, of course, is but a subset of the larger collection of Internet
protocols. But moveover, the HTTP protocol that defines the Web is not
limited to use in generalized browsers, but can be -- and regularly is
-- used by a wide variety of more specialized software for specific
tasks, such as delivering courseware materials.
RevNet is but one example of how completely trivial is it to use Rev to
make a custom client for delivering interactive materials. The new
RevOnline is another, and there are many more floating around.
And Rev isn't alone in this: using HTTP for content delivery within
interfaces more specialized than a generic browser has been done with
RealBASIC, REBOL, Director, Flash, and others.
I'd like to think any "authority" would be able to connect the dots here. :)
So all it really comes down to is nothing related to any inherent
"magic" in a generic browser, but the more interesting question of
providing an interface that supports a given task optimally.
Many large companies also mistake the Web for the Internet, and in
providing materials via HTTP to their employees they find e-Bay, Amazon,
and a million news and entertainment sites competing for their
Making a more focused software experience in a custom HTTP client would
save organizations billions in productivity annually, while providing a
more useful software experience for their users.
Much of that holds equally true for e-learning and other specialized
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