My take on eLearning and online teaching
Web 2.0 based eLearning offers great opportunities – especially from cognitivist and constructivist teaching standpoints. For example, through online teaching, students are able to individualise their learning rates, structure learning contents independently and deepen their knowledge in self-chosen topics. ELearning emphasises student-centered learning and much more responsibility to take the initiative for meeting the demands of various learning tasks is placed on the students. Promising results are obtained by combining traditional courses and lectures with eLearning and web 2.0 tools such as videos, screencasts, podcasts as well as tele tutorials and blogs (e.g. WordPress). Especially the latter are very well suited as learning diaries (see, for example, my teaching blog [in German]). ELearning means striking new paths because the acquisition of knowledge and learning become more complex (see new teaching theory connectivism by George Siemens).