Digital Darwinism and Adult Education

Lifelong Learning Matters

Digital Darwinism at risk of dividing society. It’s a big issue for adult education and for us all.

MOOCs, massive open online courses, are flourishing at one end of the spectrum. Futurelearn is the UK’s largest platform for open online courses. Over 50 partner universities are involved as well as institutions such as the British Museum. Futurelearn’s biggest course has a staggering 370,000 students enrolled so far, with a significant percentage from the Middle East. The mega-popular option is a British Council course preparing students for an English language test. Other MOOC providers include Coursera and edX. The possibilities are exciting for people who are already digitally proficient and connected and who have reasonably well-developed study skills but it would be interesting to see the findings of random street interviews about public knowledge of MOOCs.

Alongside the MOOC options, committed and enthusiastic members of a FELTAG coalition are working…

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About gwenelope

English and Media Studies teacher in the wilds of Coventry, about to start my tenth year, which in itself is frankly terrifying. In the small pockets of free time I have have been known to do things like Tough Guy, circuit classes and swim often, very often. It is what keeps sanity near and insanity at bay.
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