I have always admired Mike Trucano‘s work, and so it was great to hear him speaking this morning at Online Educa Berlin. His theme was understanding failures in e-learning, especially in the countries where the World Bank is working.
This was his list of the ten worst practices in e-learning:
- Dump hardware in schools, hope for magic to happen
- Design for OECD learning environments, implement elsewhere
- Think about educational content only after you have rolled out your hardware
- Assume you can just import context from someone else
- Don’t monitor, don’t evaluate
- Make a big bet on an unproven technology (especially one based on a closed/proprietary standard) or single vendor, don’t plan for how to avoid ‘lock in’
- Don’t think about or acknowledge total costs of ownership/operation issues or calculations
- Assume away equity issues
- Don’t train your teachers (nor your school headmasters, for that matter)
- ….for your own worst practice
The really sad thing is that all of these known worst practices continue to be replicated across the world. Hopefully, more people will listen to Mike, and then we can develop much better ways through which technology can really be used effectively to enhance learning!