From Tom Watkins paper "New Education (R) Evolution" about e-learning:
Michigan’s children are entering a world that is global, agile, disruptive, entrepreneurial-driven and knowledge based. Will they be ready? They will not be unless our schools change. With our collective imaginations and visionary, bold leadership we have the power to raise the bar, setting high expectations for all Michigan students. With technology, learning may be customized to meet the needs of each student. An old saying suggests that you cannot steal second base without taking your foot off first base. Michigan cannot lead in the 21st century without casting off the anchors of attitude, law, public policy and beliefs that bind us to the 20th century industrial education model.
E-learning allows educators to move from the historic and medieval learning mode of the “sage on stage,” imparter of knowledge to any time, any place learning.
E-learning is on demand bringing learning to people rather than simply bringing people to learning. In a world where knowledge expands exponentially, it is critical to our state and nation’s success that our systems of public education not just adapt to change but lead that change. A school constrained by time and space is operating inthe past and will be surpassed by global competitors. Learning 24-7 is no longer a dream – but a reality.
We need to ask if our laws, policies, procedures and practices support the knowledge age economy. Do they encourage and reward the digital revolution, boost technological innovation, enhance students’ and worker’s skills and promote agile entrepreneurship and lifelong learning? Or, is our system of education organized and structured to survive or thrive in the 21st century economy.