Annotated Bibliography: Current Trends in Technology Based Learning
There are many trends in technology-based learning. These trends include mobile-based learning, app learning, open content, massive open online courses (MOOCs), virtual education, video conferencing, Web 2.0, district based e-learning, personal learning environments, blended learning, proctored exams, bundled platforms, cloud computing, object-oriented content, interactive whiteboards, documents cameras, wireless labs, and bring your own device. The first article Massive Open Online Courses: Should Educators Worry? by Gita Bajaj concentrates on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their impact. The second article Spotlight on Accountability: As E-learning Moves Further into the K-12 Mainstream, it is Attracting Greater …show more content…
Author, Kevin C. Bushweller, focuses on virtual education or online education. Virtual education helps personalize education and school districts are creating their own virtual learning programs. Bushweller notes that as e-learning moves into the mainstream, educators, policymakers, researchers, and the news media, it is being studied. Some people question e-learning’s effectiveness. The author refer to the Technology Counts 2012 report, which “examines the growth of district-based programs designed with more local control in mind, and it tracks state legislative efforts to expand online education while also evaluating its effectiveness. It also covers the critical accountability questions facing virtual education providers, particularly for-profit companies, and issues related to the financial sustainability of state-sponsored e-schools” (Bushweller). The Technology Counts 2012 report focuses on accountability and a review of e-learning’s effectiveness.
Moreover, the Evergreen Education Group, 2011 edition of "Keeping Pace With K-12 Online