What is Online Learning?

Online learning is not new. What has made the topic new is the recent and unprecedented focus on providing learning via the Internet that has been stimulated by the tremendous interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs). What is new in this space is that online learning has “come of age;” the design of online learning is (more and more) specifically intended to encompass the latest research, the most promising developments, and new emerging business models in the online learning environment. At many institutions, online learning is an area newly ripe for experimentation — some would argue it is undergoing a sea change, with every dimension of the process open for reconceptualization. On campuses around the globe, virtually every aspect of how students connect with institutions and each other to learn online is being reworked, rethought, and redone — but it will be some time yet before ideas coalesce enough to be validated by research and implemented broadly.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Norway is a large country, and most if it has a low population density. For many pupils in K-12 online learning might be the best way to achieve adapted education. By combining different approaches and connecting pupils with each other and to teachers, we may give them a new arena to learn and create.- jostein.kvisteroy jostein.kvisteroy Sep 19, 2013
  • Norway has a lot of smal schools with limited scope of competens in each school, wich make online learning an important contribution.- oystein.nilsen oystein.nilsen Sep 19, 2013
  • We are now at a phase where online learning might take on some of the ideals of online learning in reaching learners where ever and when ever. It is the combination of different media that makes the impact not one technology like MOOC platforms itself. - ola.erstad ola.erstad Sep 28, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • Pupils in K-12 might get educated according to their level. It also opens up the possibility to pass courses at higher levels. There are a lot a of smaller schools and the use of online learning would connect pupils on the same level across large distances, who would otherwise feel alone. - jostein.kvisteroy jostein.kvisteroy Sep 19, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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