I’ve been reviewing a lot of so called e-learning resources recently and trying to work out my my gut reaction to them tends to be so negative. Recently, I had a lightbulb moment.
The problem is that the authors have tried to create something that replaced the teacher. The result is slides or animations with too much text for use as a whole class resources, but that can’t be used by many schools which simply don’t have 1:1 a or 1:2 computer access.
I suspect that the key is that less is more. Rather than having all the information on screen, it would be better if the creators had used the notes section of ppt or provide a teacher briefing paper to go along side the resources. It might stop them being used as a last minute lesson filler, but would make their educational value much greater by empowering teachers rather than publishers to be the ones responsible for how they can be used to the best effect with a particular group of learners.
What are the best examples of ‘off the shelf’ e-learning resources that you’ve seen, either commercially or online? What makes them so good in your view?