On the rigidity of learning tool designs

Press/Media: Expert Comment


This is a critical comment on online tools that existed in the early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have improved since then, but some of the challenges have yet to be resolved. The commentary was produced as part of the EduHack exercise on Empowering Learners.

Period2 Apr 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleOn the rigidity of learning tool designs
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEduHack Wall
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionLearning tools like Moodle or Blackboard were born with the idea to aid face-to-face lectures and online course delivery many years ago. They were born at a time when unidirectional knowledge transfer rather than student interaction and active learning was the priority. We now have a situation whereby such platforms are used to deliver pseudo face-to-face sessions – out of necessity. Yes, PowerPoints and PDFs can be uploaded, task instructions and answer sheets can be made available at specified times. Sessions can be video recorded and made available. And yet I have an issue with some learning platforms.
    Producer/AuthorElmar Puntaier
    PersonsElmar Puntaier


Period2 Apr 2020