In recent weeks I’ve been working on a project that has involved much speculation about what the future Virtual Learning Environment might be – as we move from a system that is designed purely to transmit information, to systems that are customised to individuals, and grow organically according to individual patterns of behavour etc.
in this work I’ve looked at the developing role of blogs and wikis, the emergence of metadata and folksonomies , and paying particular attention to the recent writings of Scott Wilson from CETIS who has provided a fascinating visual version of a future VLE on his blog, which is written about in full on The JISC website . Another useful article appeared recently from George Seimens titled Learning Management Systems: The wrong place to start learning
Even my colleague from Ultralab, Stephen Powell, has begun to publish his thoughts on the subject with his entry on Why is the right software so important?
All of these discussions pick up on the trend towards a far more ‘organic’ structure to the web and its use, with technologies allowing the systems we use to be far more responsive to use – thus our interface and what is presented to us on it may be changing regularly to match our changing needs or useage patterns – or even according to the use patterns of those in our social network!
If all of this sounds challenging to you, take a look at this presentation that I came across tonight, set in 2014, the New York Times has gone offline, and what is EPIC?? Amid the news last week that Google has overtaken eBay on stock market value, this Flash presentation takes a speculative glance at what the future might hold. It reflects on the rise and rise of online media, and the questions that are raised at the end of the 8-minute presentation are challenges that we’d be wise to reflect on as we pursue the utopia of a ‘personalised/customised universe’.