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 Technology itself and theuses are changing and what was new and exciting last year may be completely outdated andineffective.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.