Learning and the Internet of Everything

In Learning in the Internet of Everything Era author Chuck Dull makes points of interest to those in the higher learning community. We should see what his points are and how they could apply to our own work.

Dull notes that the Internet of Everything is changing how we interact with the digital world. This includes ways such as climate control systems to lighting. We should realize that higher education is not immune from this shift.

How will higher education meet the learning needs of a changing society? It could be with a reduction in the number of institutions and faculty who fail to change and adapt. Those in higher education must not lose sight of what society and students need and how to meet current learning needs.

It will not be helpful to debate models of learning that no longer apply and also not helpful to conduct certain studies. Ask a student in a building if they like online classes and the student will probably say no. Ask a student of an online class if they like online classes and the student will probably say yes. That approach may not be useful in our analysis.

The same goes for research conducted by someone who never took an online class or has a limited understanding of instructional design. They could find that online is a poor method for distributing learning. Someone who works closely with instructional designers and understands the concepts could conclude that online classes provide high quality content.

A useful way to think about this is to say that how students learn reflects a complex model. The model is constantly changing. Learning in the Internet of Everything age is not confined or reflective of dated pedagogies.

We should consider that students today want all methods and modes of learning available to them. Learning today is complex in nature. We should consider that learning does not take place only when a student sits down and keeps quiet. This ignores what Dull calls the giants of technology and the facts of how they learn. That learning is complex and does not fit current models of learning.

Dull argues we should throw out old models. We need leaders for our new age of learning not just followers. We need people to understand that learning today is complex. The leaders need to understand how to help those who will live in the age of the Internet of Everything.

Let’s remember that Dr. Dull spoke to NEO STC about technology trends a few years ago and writes a column in Intercom (with Jeanette Evans) on the subject. He also serves currently as the Associate Dean for IT Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College. He is tasked with program planning and support for IT programs and trends in IT education. Prior to this Dr. Dull was the Assistant Dean for eLearning & Innovation providing support and direction for online and blended learning programs, as well as driving innovation in eLearning and virtual student services.

By Jeanette Evans