Third Generation E-Learning: The Impact of Digital Portfolios on Learning
Frederick Van Sant, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The first generation of E-learning was "distance education". This took the form of point-to-point radio or television transmission, where one teacher reached a larger number of students. Derivatives included learning by videotape, audiotape and eventually programmed learning. The second generation, is composed primarily of delivery of content through computers and the Internet. In this generation of E-learning, the content remains the same but the scope and sequence of the lesson may change. Materials are digital, virtual tools replace physical tools, and instructional strategies such as simulations, games and self paced instruction supplement teacher led instruction. Zayed University holds the potential of creating a third generation of E-learning, one in which the learning is a stand alone product of the process and in which the student's interaction with technology produces an outcome beyond the reach of teacher led instruction
Sant, F.V. (2003). Third Generation E-Learning: The Impact of Digital Portfolios on Learning. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1118-1124). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).