Steve Wheeler of the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth got caught in some cross-fire recently when following the NAACE Annual Strategic Conference on Twitter. Should we continue to use the term ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) in teaching? Should we even teach it as a separate subject?
The argument went back and forth and is well summarized on Steve’s blog: Stop Calling it ICT!
My take? I have thought for a long time that we put too much stress on the technology we use in learning and not enough on the learning. That was one of the drivers behind the re-branding of the Learning Technologies Conference earlier this year – after 10 years we reduced the word ‘Technologies’ to the same size as ‘Learning’. Give us another decade, who knows what might happen?
If in the educational sector ‘ICT’ may be becoming redundant as a term, what about ‘e-learning’? Time to ditch it for general use, I reckon.
Within the learning technology space it make sense and we have some idea what it means. Outside that space the connotations of the term ‘e-learning’ are largely negative and outdated. See my article from 2007: It’s time to drop e-learning.