eLearning, Online Courses

Week 3 Activity 8: Nichols’s 10 eLearning Hypotheses

For this task I looked at Nichols’s 10 eLearning Hypotheses, and looked at which ones I agreed/disagreed:

Nichols, M. (2003) ‘A theory for elearning’, available online at http://ifets.ieee.org/ discussions/ discuss_march2003.html

Hypothesis One: True, eLearning is a way which gives access to education, rather than a type of education. It is something can be applied in different situations

Hypothesis Two: Yes, eLearning offers tools which can help to allow for education to take place just online through using tools to aid what would be face to face. It allows for this to take place.

Hypothesis Three: Yes, I agree strongly as I believe that when approaching eLearning it is what you actually want to do that you need to look at first and then to consider what tools will best facilitate this. The tools should not determine what you want to do, they are just there to help you facilitate what you want to do in the best way of communicating information or allowing for what type of task you want to do.

Hypothesis Four: When any type of eLearning is taking place there should always be a structure in place. As technology develops the pedagogy underpinning eLearning should also develop alongside. It’s looking at the way that teaching takes place, and looking at what technologies can offer to it. But however breakthroughs in teaching will may occur as a result of breakthroughs in technologies occur as it is what is possible to do; technology may open other areas of teaching in the future which we are currently not aware of.

Hypothesis Five: Presentation and facilitation. I believe that eLearning goes beyond this, it does facilitate and it is a way to present educational content but as technology develops, it changes the role of eLearning in education.

Hypothesis Six: I agree that if there are tools available then they should be available for students, students will have different types of learning, so will make use of tools in different ways and perhaps some more than others. With implementation of tools it is also important to provide guidance to students. Tools do need to be built into the design and carefully selected but with the wide range of tools some shouldn’t be limited, but when used, used to facilitate.

Hypothesis Seven: Yes, it is always important to provide different forms of content for learners, learners learn in different ways, and also it’s always good to have a backup for offline content. It is also becoming important as users are using devices for learning, smart phones, tablets, iPads that we try to provide and cater for these devices to some extent.

Hypothesis Eight: It’s always important to provide guidance for students on using tools, this may be an introduction to the tool such as a discussion board with you making the first posting as an example for the students to follow, as well as looking at how they could interact with them and trying best to cater for different devices/locations/internet connections.

Hypothesis Nine: True, eLearning should help to facilitate learning, it should only be implemented to compliment learning. It is the content of the learning not the tool, the tool should just be used to provide the learning content.

Hypothesis Ten: True ELearning approaches need to grow as the field grows. There is still advances in technology which will change the way eLearning is implemented in the future.


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