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Published by: Barbara Koenig on Jul 29, 2012
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Barbara Andrine Koenig
Dr. Glen GatinThe Online Learner KoenigBEL7004-3Faculty Use Only
Very well done, Barbara.Your shift to a more conceptual mode is apparent. In these courses, content is not as critical as processand the process required is the developing doctoral level approach to issues.Excellent and interesting points throughout, well supported with appropriate resources.See my additional comments in the body of your work.I look forward to seeing your scholarly use of your wiki and other web based multimedia.Gatin June 13,2012
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Learner AssumptionsComputers seem to be everywhere, in coffee shops, grocery stores, even in beauty salonsand local drinking establishments. Each day, there seems to be a new technologicaladvancement that makes computers faster, smaller, and able to hold more information. Access tothe internet via smart phones makes technology mobile and global. Fifteen years ago, the AppleII e computers were still in operation within public schools in the United States and the desktopcomputers ran through slow speed modems with limited capability. Today, students can blog,Skype, stream, and create animated videos in an environment where they are completelycomfortable in; students are digital natives.The worldwide web is a concept where strings of digital information crossing the globewhere the patterns branch and intersect from one population to another allowing for real-timecommunication from one continent to another are evident. The web is evolving into the idea of a digital cloud that envelope the entire earth, where data and information flow freely and sharedresources open the possibilities of technology to people in every corner of the world. The cloudis currently grouped by operating system and is not completely integrated, but the possibilitiesseem endless.For many adults, the technologies are new and the idea of using computers on a dailybasis is a learned skill. With many of the younger generation, there is life integration with
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EnvelopesCheck out the concept of the noosphere, the sphereof collective consciousness proposed by PereTeilhard de Chardin.http://www.december.com/cmc/mag/1997/mar/cunning.html 
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technology; there is no learning of technology, only evolving with technology. The integrationof technology within schools and higher education institutions is a process and there are gaps of knowledge with some veteran teachers and veteran learners as well. Technology itself and theuses are changing and what was new and exciting last year may be completely outdated andineffective. DePraetere (2010) defines and expands the idea of e-Learning and e-instruction. Hedefines the e-learning concept as electronic learning, but it is more complex than just looking atCD-Roms, it is a combination of individual learning, collaborative learning, and interactionsthrough technological advances such as blogs, web, and podcasts (DePraetere, 2010). The book,
Grown Up Digital
how the net generation is changing your world,
looks at how technology isaffecting students in the 21
Century (2009). This book interviewed over 9,442 school agechildren who utilize multiple forms of technology in their daily lives (Tapscott, 2009). Theauthor presents this information in a form that allows the not so technology savvy individual tounderstand this generation of learners. He suggests that this new form of interaction allows fornew ways of thinking and living. Tapscott (2009) gives helpful hints for businesses to recruitand find the new age talent to their workplace and provides ideas for educators to engage andinteract with the 21
Century learner. His ideas are essential to veteran teachers of today tounderstand the complexities of their learners.With the recognition of the learner complexities comes the assignment or attachment of assumptions of the online learner. The number of online courses for those seeking highereducation opportunities has grown significantly over the past several years and theseassumptions are being evaluated and examined. Many assumptions exist concerning onlinelearners and online programs such as:1.
All online learners are the same.

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