Needless to say that I believe the BLOG development is an interesting one. Why else would I make an attempt to get one going ? Many examples exist, on general issues, as well as more related to complexity issues. But the question that remains unaswered is: what is its potential for improving the educational process ?
We are going to explore its potential as an educational support, not in order to replace the necessary human contact, but rather in order to provide new ways of learning (and indeed not by accident I use the word learning and not teaching). Interesting technology, at least in my opinion, is technology that allows to do new things, things that we were unable to do before. For almost ten years I am involved in experimenting with virtual learning. I had the pleasure to create the Euro-Arab Management School a number of years ago. It was an attempt to create a network school, allowing the participating business schools in different European and Arab countries to deliver quality management education, nevertheless allowing the necessary diversity in order to make education relevant for the context of the learner.
During my stay in the Netherlands we have further developed this platform and have done interesting research exploring the possibilities and limits of virtual learning.
Today, more than ever before, I am convinced that virtual learning has a bright future, particularly since it allows each and every learner to develop his own learning path, fully adapted to each individual's context. At least that is what virtual learning is able to do, which does not automatically mean that all what we call today e-learning fits this definition. Well designed virtual learning allows for diversity in learning, eventually allowing almost individualised education. In order to develop more accessible educational facilities in deprived regions or amongst the less fortunate, virtual learning has a huge potential.
Recently I was able to present a paper on "Learning, diversity and sustainable development" at the IAU conference in Sao Paulo. I did not speak about BLOGs yet, but for sure, we are running in the coming weeks a very interesting experiment with this BLOG, that at least in my opinion, might really boost what we are able to do in that respect in the future.
Come and see the coming weeks.