Is flexible learning something new? If flexible learning refers to changing the time, space, place, medium and audience, my view is “we have been having this for decades”. I remember my school and college days, when my educators tried to make us learn via movies, field trips (excursions), OHP transparencies, team-work, etc. My history teacher used a reel projector and showed us black and white movies. However, these endeavors were hard-work, costly, time consuming and requiring much planning.
Flexible learning today normally refers to changing time, space, place and audience using digital and web means. This changes the dynamics of the work, costs, deployment, sharing, access and time utilized is drastically changed and reduced (work, time, costs) or increased (sharing, access, audience). Thus, online learning and digital tools has repackaged flexible learning into a user-friendly format. This plants the seeds for the “uberization” of education.
I invite you to share your views on Flex-o-learn.