The Sociable Learning Network
Web- based information display has really come of age. Today, a single web page potentially offers you integrated, packaged content. Much like Cable TV! Gone are the days of lifeless, endless reels of text casting a shadow of gloom on your computer screen. One can now integrate images, video, audio and other multimedia elements along with text, to transform the hitherto one-man monologue into a lively multi-player skit.
But wait, that’s not all. The concept of Edutainment (Education + Entertainment) has been taken one step further with the integration of social media and networking functionalities into web-based information display. Sharing has never been easier, and virtual, real-time discussions allow for instant feedback and continuous improvement. It is this ‘body’ of larger-than-life information dissemination, which is the norm today, and these characteristics therefore, form the core competencies of a market- ready Learning Management System (LMS).
A good Learning Management System will incorporate the most endearing traits of Web 2.0, while relaying content in a completely secure environment.
Learning by clicking through
Within this context, a critical part of the LMS construct is the ability of the content manager to link selected words and phrases to other websites (URLs) that may house related information in the form of text, images, videos and even files. The objective of this exercise is to enable the content user to click through-and-learn more about the selected word or phrase. As a prolific internet ‘surfer’ myself, I find that this process of learning by clicking through is a virtual voyage into the unknown, making rich discoveries as I go along, often stumbling upon information that I may have been desperately searching for earlier, but was unable to find.
The World Wide Web is an absolute treasure trove of information but it contains its fair share of rubbish too. It is vital that we, as propagators of web-based learning harness the info-power of the Web, whilst always using a fine toothcomb to separate the wheat from the chaff.